The Rodolfo Rieger Ecological Park (Municipal Lake) is one of the main points of Marechal Cândido Rondon. The place is the right destination, especially on weekends, both for those who want to exercise and for those who simply prefer to enjoy nature or enjoy family moments.
But the Municipal Lake is not only frequented by Rondonenses and visitors. It serves as a habitat for various little animals: capybaras, stingrays, ducks, teals, geese, geese, herons, owls and lizards. The waters are also teeming with life, being home to guinea fowl, carp, pacus, lambaris and tilapia.
According to the veterinarian of the Municipal Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Sustainable Development, Fernando Marques Salles, there is no data on how many animals there are in the Lake. “Most of them are free-living animals, which ended up ‘appearing’ and chose to live there”, he explains.
Although there is no exact number of animals, the secretary of the portfolio, Adriano Backes, considers that the number is expressive enough to give a “up” to the landscape of the place. “They make the environment more pleasant and with a sign of life. It is beautiful and the space manages to house the amount of animals that are there”, he considers.
In Toledo and Cascavel, the occupation of wild animals in parks sometimes generated conflicts, especially with regard to capybaras. Around here, however, the occupation of animals in the place has not caused problems, so there is still no monitoring of the reproduction of the animals that live there, emphasizes Backes.
He points out that most animals are passing through. “They come and go back through the stream that connects (the Lake) with the Arroio Fundo. This transit causes the number of animals to not grow, so much so that the number of animals has remained stable for the last four or five years. We don’t have any studies formed on top of that and no follow-up in particular, but we’re definitely going to have to do something long-term,” he mentions.
Any interference with wild fauna needs to be supported by a project approved by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama), points out Salles, noting that nothing of the kind has been done or is being developed in Marechal Rondon.
According to the director of the ministry, some people from Rondon, called “friends of the Lake”, usually buy feed and corn to be stored in the park’s HQ and serve as treatment for the animals that are there. “It even became a hobby. Every day they go there to treat, go for a walk and interact with the animals. It’s a delicious thing”, he points out, noting that several families also have fun feeding the animals.
Salles says that the animals present in the lake end up getting used to the presence of visitors. “This coexistence does not seem to generate stress for them. As they are free-living animals, they end up adapting to the environment, knowing the risks and learning to avoid what causes discomfort”, he points out.
The veterinarian emphasizes that it is not recommended that visitors make physical contact with the animals. “Their behavior is unpredictable and this care avoids accidents, injuries on both sides or even the transmission of diseases”, he emphasizes.
The term zoonosis refers to the transmission of diseases from animals to humans and is a natural phenomenon. “Most of the agents that cause zoonoses can be present in wild animals and the proximity of humans allows the emergence of diseases on both sides, so there is this possibility of transmission. However, there are no reports that this transmission has already taken place to visitors to the Municipal Lake”, he emphasizes.
Revitalization project should be presented in the coming days, says secretary
Falling ravines, closed warehouse, sidewalks that accumulate water and points that create obstacles to Rondonenses who enjoy the leisure space. Backes mentions that the municipality recognizes the existing problems in Lago Municipal, as well as its users, and is already working to give the park a new face.
“It’s no use making small investments so that the big investment will come soon and we’ll throw the money away. So, together with Mayor Marcio Rauber and Deputy Ila (Ilario Hofstaetter), we talked about the future of this space and as soon as the Lake will receive a complete revitalization with what it deserves, because it is our postcard”, he adds, revealing that the project “is in the oven”, but it should be out in a matter of days: “It is a grandiose project and it will be a very high investment”.
In the article about O Presente produced two years ago, it was mentioned that the revitalization should include the renovation of the walking track, with an elevation of approximately 20 centimeters, as well as the installation of LED lights, renovation of the pier and bathrooms, which are connected to septic tanks. According to Backes, the revitalization will give direction to the management of the animals that currently live in the Municipal Lake.
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