They are unloved guests in the bedroom: people who go astray in wintry nature can put wild animals under stress. It calls on Rangers to stay on specific routes.
“Today is one of the most glorious winter days in an incredibly snowy season,” says Feldbergranger Achim Laber’s excitement on mobile. “In the distance we see Vogue, Jura and the Alps, the sun makes the whites of snow-covered fir trees and the hills shine here in Feldberg.” He almost became a poet before turning on his cell phone so Gerrit Muller could hear. Lapper and Mueller, vice president of the Auerhuhn Association in the Black Forest, are currently on their “tour”. The two men are searching for traces of wildlife. And to the trail of people who have left cross-country skiing tracks and hiking trails and illegally turn into a wooded area.
Many winter sports enthusiasts turn away from the intended paths
It is a working day. “We hardly ever meet anyone,” Mueller says. But behind them lay another weekend when the lifts were closed, many cross-country paths were not prepared, some roads from the valleys to the heights of the Black Forest were also temporarily closed, and there was a lot of traffic. Winter sports fans have been heading to Feldberg since Christmas – and this winter, many are hiking in skis or snowshoes. “With the lifts canceled, we currently have ten times as many hikers and snow shoe hikers as in a normal winter,” says ranger Achim Lapper.
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