Wednesday, 11. December 2013 - 15:12
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Alpine authorities are to issue mountain hikers with human poop bags so they don't foul the beauty spot by doing what comes naturally.
Officials had planned to build a public loo on the footpaths through the Martinswand nature reserve near Zirl, Austria.
But they scrapped the plan when they realised that the eyesore would spoil the natural look of the district.
Now supersized dog poop bags have been places strategically around the paths for walkers after a trial project was deemed a hit.
Project director Anton Wild explained: "There is nothing that ruins a walk more than stopping at a scenic spot to enjoy the view and finding a huge pile of mess assaulting the nostrils and the eyes.
"You know it isn't a deer or a mountain goat - because they don't use tissues to wipe their backsides."
He added: "There are no toilets in the mountains here for obvious reasons and if someone has to answer the call of nature we understand.
"But we also want to protect the natural resources here and we feel the poop bags are the best way to do that."
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