|Let me run free and eat snowy plovers|
The protesters gathered at the third of four informational open houses held by recreation area officials to discuss their voluminous dog management plan. While park officials inside the building explained the 2,400-page document, hundreds of people, some with their dogs, waved signs and shouted in anger at a proposed canine crackdown that they claim is "extreme" and unnecessary.
"I can't keep up with my dog but having a place for her to run around and let off steam is so healthy and makes me so happy," said Ilana Minkoff, who adopted a rescue dog after being diagnosed with cancer in 2006. "I will fight for her to have that space 'til the day I die because she's my angel."
The recreation area document analyzes six alternatives for dog walking in 21 areas of the 75,000-acre park, which includes portions of San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin counties. The preferred alternative would close off many areas to dog walkers and require pooches to be leashed in many others, including portions of San Francisco's Crissy Field, Ocean Beach and Fort Funston.