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A place dogs don't belong

I love my dogs. I love when I can take them on a long walk in the woods. Last week, we spent several hours at Chain O' Lakes State Park.

One place I won't take them, though, is Eagle Marsh on Engle Road.

Eagle Marsh is a 716-acre nature preserve that does not allow dogs. Signs near the property clearly say so. Yet, for some reason, people think they need to take their dogs to Eagle Marsh. Much of the environment at Eagle Marsh is fragile. According to the Little River Wetlands Project website, Eagle Marsh is home to 24 bird and two amphibian species endangered or of special concern in Indiana. Dogs can damage or destroy their habitat.

Please, if you're walking your dog on the Towpath Trail (part of which runs adjacent to Eagle Marsh), keep your dog on a leash and on the Towpath Trail, not off leash and into Eagle Marsh.

Full disclosure: I am a volunteer at Eagle Marsh, and if I see you on the property with your dog, I'll ask you to leave and then report you.

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