Date: 11/4/17 5:09 pm
From: Kathy Noerenberg <klnrbnut...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose, Notification of Violations - NO SIGHTINGS
Should this 3 call notification process be followed for the same violations
at other Chicago Parks most notably Jackson Park?

Thanks,

Kathy Noerenberg
Western Springs, Cook County

On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 8:33 AM, <landscape.arch...> [ILbirds] <
<ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> For years there have been daily violations of the ordinances and posted
> regulations regarding dogs and bicycles at Montrose including the beach,
> the dunes, and the point. The effort was renewed this year to get the
> Chicago Park District, Chicago Animal Care and Control, and the Chicago
> Police Department to enforce the regulations. After months of effort we
> are finally seeing results from that effort.
>
>
> On October 19, during a site meeting, the Chicago Police Department issued
> two citations to dog owners with dogs on Montrose Beach, where they are not
> permitted at any time, whether on-leash or off-leash.
>
>
> The following week Chicago Park District Security had a run-in with an
> aggressive dog owner who refused to leave the beach with his dog, and in
> fact stood blocking the CPD Security vehicle, and only left when security
> called the police, at which point the offender fled for his car.
>
>
> On October 31 Chicago Park District Security personnel escorted five dog
> violators off the beach. All claimed that they didn’t know that they
> couldn’t be there with their dogs, at which point security educated them on
> the dog ordinances and explained that if they violate the ordinances again
> they will be cited and they can plead their case in court.
>
>
> There is a CPD Security guard every day, sometimes stationed at the beach
> house, often parked on the beach immediately adjacent to the dog-friendly
> area, and the violators are beginning to understand that they cannot
> continue to violate the prohibition on dogs on the beach with impunity.
>
>
> Bicycles are also prohibited in the dunes and on the point.
>
>
> This commitment of resources will not go on forever, so now is the time
> for us to solve this problem once and for all. In order for this to happen
> we need all birders and stewards and Montrose users who observe violations
> to call them into the proper authorities. Please follow this protocol, and
> call all three parties:
>
>
> Call Chicago Park District Security at 312-747-2193 <(312)%20747-2193>.
>
>
> Call Chicago Animal Care and Control at 312-747-1381 <(312)%20747-1381>.
>
>
> Call Chicago Police Department at 9-1-1 (yes, call the emergency number).
>
>
> Please enter these numbers in your smart phones for easy reference.
>
>
> Please be prepared to provide an exact location of the violation (but be
> patient, some of the dispatchers have no idea where Montrose Beach is, or
> Montrose Harbor Drive, or the “dog-friendly area,” etc.). Be prepared to
> provide a description of both the dog(s) and the dog owner(s). Stay
> around, if possible, until someone shows up, and identify yourself as the
> person who called in the violation.
>
>
> If there is no response that is still helpful, as there is a log of calls,
> including those for which the agencies provided no response or resources,
> and we can make the argument that adequate resources are not being
> allocated for enforcement.
>
> We believe we have the attention of all three agencies, and are finally
> seeing results, but we need every single violation to be called in, both to
> get a response, and to be on the record in cases where there is no response.
>
>
> We have actually had recent stretches of several hours no dogs, no
> bicycles, and no cruisers, a “Hallelujah” day per Luis Munoz, and we’d like
> “Hallelujah" days to become the new normal.
>
>
> If you care about migratory birds at Montrose, if you care about natural
> and native habitat at Montrose, if you care about respect for the law, or
> if you would prefer birding without birds and natural areas being disturbed
> by dogs and bicycles, please call in what you see. Thanks.
>
>
> Ted Wolff
>
> Cook County
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