Maria Blair: A lesson in litter |

Maria Blair: A lesson in litter

Maria Blair
Olean, N.Y.

Have you ever heard of “pack it in, pack it out?”

While hiking with my family in Summit County Thursday morning, I heard a clanking noise and rustling from the nearby bushes. It turned out to be a marmot with a tin can stuck on its head. The poor critter had its head lodged all the way up to his shoulders in a tin soup can. Some “chowder-head” left his/her garbage after camping.

After several minutes of trying from a distance, we safely removed the can from the marmot’s head with a long hiking pole. Needless to say, we were all very happy knowing that we possibly saved its life. No animal should have to feel the consequences of human carelessness in the wild.

This should be a lesson to all: Littering has further consequences than meets the eye. We share the land with many others, so please be conscientious when enjoying the wilderness.

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