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I was enjoying a walk on one of our Jeffco Open Space trails the other day, when I experienced a disturbing event: I was approached by a man on the trail who identified himself as a “volunteer from a local trail organization.”
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This individual mentioned that he was out surveying the trail for safety and cleanliness. He thanked me for cleaning up after my dog but mentioned that I should not just throw the doggy bag on the side of the trail, and that I should make an effort to pick up all my trash while on the trail. I implied that I would pick up the bag later and he said that he “ended up picking up a lot of doggy bags that were well-intentioned.”
He also told me that I should put my dog on a leash for the safety of other hikers and wildlife, and also its own safety. While I carry a leash with me, I assured him that my dog was quite old, well mannered and posed no threat. While the man was pleasant and polite, I found his message disturbing. Have we gotten to the point that we cannot take our pets onto the public trails without the Trail Police hounding us about picking up our trash and leashing our dogs?
Charles Smith, Evergreen
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