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On the hunt

Dear Editor:

In light of the April 20 article in the Aspen Daily News regarding a “bloodhound-like effort” mounted to capture and charge a local woman for giving a false name when cited by ranger Trevor Washko for having her dog off-leash, I ask if this is the kind of presence Open Space and Trails wants to maintain in the community.

While granting that the aim of Open Space and Trails (regularly referred to by locals as Closed Space and Trails) is to replace the network of dog-walking trails in and around Aspen with bike trails, it surely displays a serious lack of balance and sympathy with the local population when a dog off-leash incurs a $100 fine in the first place and is rabidly pursued by the Sheriff’s Office when a false name is given.

Open Space and Trails has the populace so paranoid and fearful of being caught while doing what is surely the right of every resident of Aspen, namely to exercise their dog, that this woman’s reaction cannot be counted wholly unreasonable. The main lesson here, if you are caught, is not to give your real birthdate. The department of Open Space and Trails has its bloodhounds out (on leash, of course), and they are looking for you.

Claire McDougall

Woody Creek

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