Basic rules for man and beast
After a harrowing experience on a local trail New Years Day, I feel it is once again time to remind inconsiderate dog owners of the importance of keeping their dogs on a lead and under their control at ALL times; even in the wilderness.
It is not OK to allow your dog to chase wildlife relentlessly; in fact the Division of Wildlife has laws against it. It is also extremely dangerous to allow your dog to aggressively approach another dog that is on a lead and under the control of its owner. For those of you who may not be aware, a leashed dog can feel trapped and threatened when approached by a dog that is not restrained, causing the dog’s basic instincts, to fight and defend, to take over. Things can quickly and unexpectedly escalate to life threatening levels. Even the most well behaved dog will not respond to voice commands when in the middle of a heated dog fight. Think of all the things that could happen as a result of your carelessness. One or both dogs could be killed, you or the other dog owner could be severely injured while trying to break up the fight, and as a result you could be held legally responsible for the actions of your dog.
Please let’s keep the trails a safe and enjoyable place for man and beast by being responsible and respecting the rights of others. It’s really very basic.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
There is a lot of pent up energy among hikers and bikers to get into the high country, but snow fields, avalanche debris and high stream crossings are presenting challenges later than usual. Forest rangers with the Aspen-Sopris District provide trail condition reports that are updated each week so hikers and backpackers aren’t caught unaware.