No Dogs at Pope Farm & Goth Conservancies: Keep dogs out of sensitive bird breeding habitat!
  • Petitioned Town of Middleton Board of Supervisors

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Town of Middleton Board of Supervisors

No Dogs at Pope Farm & Goth Conservancies: Keep dogs out of sensitive bird breeding habitat!

    1. Mike McDowell
    2. Petition by

      Mike McDowell

      Madison, WI

Pope Farm Conservancy is an educational conservancy with over 1,000 visits a year from school children.  It's an extraordinary place where kids can still roll in the grass and people can walk barefoot on the trails.  Sunflowers, sand hill cranes, and sunsets will meet you along the way.  It has become a tranquil place where you can listen to the quietness, reflect in its beauty and learn something along the way! Today, some of our neighbors want to remove restrictions on dogs in Pope Farm and Goth Conservancies.  We think that's a bad idea. We need your help to let the Town of Middleton Board of Supervisors know how important it is for these conservancies to remain dog-free zones. 

~ Mel Pope

Once park rules are changed to allow dog-walking on-leash, you can expect the number of off-leash pets to rise. This would be a potential threat to the grassland birds that nest at Pope Farm. Some pet owners simply cannot resist the temptation and allow their dogs to run off-leash once they're away from trail entrances. I've seen it too many times. Rule compliance issues have been a documented fact at Pheasant Branch Conservancy over the past decade. It's become such a problem that Dane County Parks posted new signs just this year threatening to close the park to dog-walking if irresponsible pet owners continue to allow their animals to run off-leash. Nip this in the bud and keep the "No Dogs" rule at Pope Farm Conservancy!

~ Mike McDowell

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Casey New MIDDLETON, WI
      • about 1 year ago

      Pope Farm & Goth Conservancies are not intended to be Bark Parks. We have two dogs and take them to many dog places and parks. Being a pet owner does not give one the right to take away from others that wish to explore the wonders of nature without stepping in.... Always pick up after yourself and your pet. Please leave this piece of land untouched for its intended use in providing educational history about this piece of land on our not so big planet and be just that and for many generations to come. Thank you.

    • Kathleen Gregory VERONA, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      Our property backs up to a walking trail in Sauk Point Estates, and few dogs on those trails are leashed and even fewer owners clean up after their dogs. I find it hard to believe these same people who ignore the rules on established walking trails would suddenly decide to follow the rules should they be allowed to bring their dogs to Pope Farm or to Goth Conservancy. That is what dog parks are for. I do happen to own 2 dogs myself, so I understand it is important to have places to walk your dog; however, I don't feel that Pope Farm or Goth Conservancy is the answer to where to walk your dog.

    • laura abrisch CRESTVIEW, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a bird lover. Need i say more.

    • Christina Ciano MIDDLETON, WI
      • almost 2 years ago

      This a nature conservancy. That means wildlife is the priority. There are plenty of dog parks in the Madison area. Walk your dogs there! If the person running for local office was a hunter, would we be allowing hunting in a nature conservancy? I think not. This place is designated for

      wildlife. Let's keep it that way.

    • Nadia Alber MADISON, WI
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a strong supporter of bird and general wildlife habitat, there are plenty of places in the Madison area where people can walk dogs on and off lease, we don't need another at the detriment of wildlife habitat.


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