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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Respect wildlife when enjoying the nature trails in The Villages

The Villages has opportunities to enjoy nature and observe wildlife on the community’s many trails.

Last year, new signage was added to the Fenney Springs Nature Trail and boardwalk to help educate visitors to the trail about the wildlife that might be present. Another beautiful nature trail is located near the Homestead Recreation Center. And, of course, the Black Lake Walking Path has become a favorite spot for observing nature near the Lake Miona Recreation Center.

While enjoying Florida wildlife on the paths and trails, remember to keep in mind that we are sharing their habitat:

• Never feed any wild animal. Desensitization to humans may result in harm to a human or to the wild animal.

• Never approach any wild animal. Animals can be aggressive when they are afraid, startled or feel cornered

• Do not disturb their habitat: Clean up your trash (always pick up after your pet and dispose of it properly). Do not disturb nests or babies.

The multi-modal paths are open to everybody

A Village of Gilchrist woman, in a Letter to the Editor, says the multi-modal paths are to be shared by everyone and are not exclusively for golf carts.

I enjoy riding my bicycle on multi-modal paths in The Villages

A Village of Dunedin resident, who frequently rides a bicycle on the multi-modal paths in The Villages, responds to a Letter to the Editor from a resident of the Village of DeSoto.

Pedestrians are not always treated with respect on multi-modal paths

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Osceola Hills at Soaring Eagle resident says that pedestrians are not always treated with respect on the multi-modal paths.

The rule is that we are supposed to share the paths

A Village of Linden offers some clarification about the intent for the use of the multi-modal paths in The Villages.

Multi-functional paths can accommodate all

A Village of Santo Domingo reader takes issue with a Villager who said that walkers and bicyclists need to get out of the way of golf carts on the multi-modal paths.