Wednesday, April 30, 2008

No Leashes, No How

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 4:00 AM

We don't need no stinkin' leashes—at least a growing number of Boiseans don't think they do.

A group opposed to a proposed leash requirement on some Foothill trails has organized a petition drive, and so far they have more than 1,500 signatures.

The Foothills Conservation Advisory Committee will be considering a report prepared by a working group next week. The report recommends that all low and mid-level trails, accessible within 5 miles of Boise, allow dogs on leash only.

This includes popular trails like Hulls Gulch and the Military Reserve.

The report is in response to growing conflict on Foothills trails between dogs and other users. Some non-dog people have taken issue with unleashed dogs causing safety hazards, as well as with owners who don't clean up after their dogs.

The working group surveyed communities across the country to come up with its proposal.

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