Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dog owners wary as federal parks ponder leash rule

A rancorous dispute over plans by the National Park Service to put the choke chain on Rover is heating up again as officials consider a new pet policy for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The park service plans to release an environmental impact statement in mid-January analyzing six alternatives for dog walking in 21 areas of the 75,000-acre park, which encompasses parts of San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin counties.

Park officials would not reveal details, but dog lovers and other interested parties are betting the preferred alternative will be more restrictive than the current policy, which gives dogs free rein on certain beaches and designated locations.

"There will be a range of different approaches to dog walking in the park contained in the alternatives, including no action," said Howard Levitt, director of communications and partnerships at the park. "We know it is a topic of major interest and has been for well over a decade."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/20/MN731GR5K0.DTL#ixzz18lNjKtpN

Posted by Steve Sinai

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