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mcrtchly
2010-08-09 11:41:12
"ATV and mountain scramblers on Knockmealdown" from mcrtchly Contract pics
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Motor Scramblers and ATV
Yesterday our pleasant climb up the slopes of Knockmealdown was spoiled by the noise and fumes from a group of off-road motor scramblers and ATV's. The path to the top of Knockmealdown is quite eroded and rocky, so the scramblers took to the adjacent bog casuing more erosion and damage to the peat and vegetation. We decided to take some action. I first thought of contacting the Parks & Wildlife Ranger for the area but as I didn't have a phone number I managed to get an internet connection on my mobile phone (on the top of the mountain!) and login to Mountainviews where the only number I could find was for the Wicklow Ranger. I called the Ranger in Wicklow and she told me that only Wicklow National Park has a duty Ranger at weekends and I would have to report the activities to Parks & Wildlife on Monday - of course the bikers would have gone by then. I next decided to try the local Garda and I got the phone number for the Garda station in Cahir (Tel. 052-7445630). The Gardai said that they would send out a car on the 'Vee' road and I directed them to the 'gap' where the bikers were descending. We were still on the the mountain at this time but we did see the bikers talking to some persons in car (not a marked Garda car but maybe an unmarked car?) at the foot of the mountain. I don't know if they were caught by the Gardai or not as they then rode off along a forest track. We do have clear photos of the culpits and will pass these on to Parks & Wildlife. I also will try to get a list of rangers emails and phone numbers from my contacts in Parks & Wildlife which might be of use to other MV users in reporting bikers on other mountains.
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