NJ Cops: 'Inordinate' Amount of Poop Left in State Parks

Parks were reopened, but not bathrooms
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2020 2:49 PM CDT
NJ Cops Want People to Stop Pooping in State Parks
A sign is posted at the entrance to Island Beach State Park in New Jersey, Saturday, May 2, 2020, warning beachgoers to separate themselves by at least six feet.   (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

New Jersey reopened state parks on May 2—but authorities say they may have to reconsider the move if people don't stop relieving themselves and discarding the waste there. State Police Superintendent Pat Callahan said Monday that "state park police reported an inordinate amount of urine and feces being left behind in the parks in water bottles," NBC 4 reports. Callahan said the report was "disheartening" and advised the public that since state park bathrooms will remain closed for now, they should "plan accordingly." Callahan and Gov. Phil Murphy warned that a "different approach" would have to be taken if people fail to obey the rules, NorthJersey.com reports. "You're not going to get a warning if we catch you leaving something like that behind," he said. (More New Jersey stories.)

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