[Tweeters] dogs, people & owls at Damon Point

Dianna Moore dlmoor2 at coastaccess.com
Tue Feb 12 21:21:47 PST 2013

Hey Tweets...Thanks for all the posts about the problems we are having with
the owls and disturbances. Damon Point used to be a state park but is now
in the process of becoming DNR property, so we no longer have state park
authorities policing it. The City has a leashed dog policy on all the
beaches from the jetty at the south end up to Damon Rd (the Best Western
access road) on the north end...except for one small stretch between Butter
Clam and Taurus, where dogs are allowed off-leash.

As for those who overstep the bounds on the owls (or eagles and
peregrines), I introduce myself as a board member of Grays Harbor Audubon
and make an attempt to educate first; if that fails I use the "fine" word
and get out my point and shoot to document the behavior for filing a
complaint against the offender. While this ups the offensive language
directed at me, I simply state I am protecting an endangered species from
boorish behavior. I cannot NOT say anything.

“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of
a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to
the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther ...King, Jr.

In a more prosperous time, I would ask our city council to set aside funds
for an enforcement officer to stay on the point each weekend the birds are
here, to enforce the distance to the owls. They are more than ready to
credit these same owls for bringing more tourists and their dollars to the

Dianna Moore
Ocean Shores
dlmoor2 at coastaccess.com
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