Dogs in National Parks

bob91yj

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#1
Check before you go...just read on another forum where a guy was given a $100 citation while walking his dog on a leash, on a paved campground road.

Not sure how many National Parks are affected, Black Canyon in Gunnison, CO is one...

South Rim Campground and Rim Rock Trail Dog Restrictions
From June 1 to August 10, 2018, dogs will be allowed in campsites in South Rim Campground, but may not be taken on walks (even on leash) or be carried around the campground or on the southern portion of the Rim Rock Trail due to potentially aggressive deer protecting their fawns. Over the past few years, female deer have acted aggressively and even attacked park visitors walking dogs. The deer perceive the dog as a threat to their fawns. This has resulted in several deer being euthanized and a visitor almost getting mauled to death.

https://www.nps.gov/blca/planyourvisit/pets2.htm
 
#4
Too bad a few have likely messed it up for most responsible dog owners. Worse than the land mines are the ones already bagged but still left by the trail side.

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bob91yj

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Our Penny is also a rescue... Cattle dog/Boston Terrier mix, and my daughter got a pure bred cattle dog. Lots of energy, both are great family dogs.
 

richard310

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TONS of energy. My co-worker brought his cattle dog to work and she was a raptor jumping all over the place. Great fun dog though but the right training and getting em out to run of that energy... Oh boy.
 
#11
Check before you go...just read on another forum where a guy was given a $100 citation while walking his dog on a leash, on a paved campground road.

Not sure how many National Parks are affected, Black Canyon in Gunnison, CO is one...

South Rim Campground and Rim Rock Trail Dog Restrictions
From June 1 to August 10, 2018, dogs will be allowed in campsites in South Rim Campground, but may not be taken on walks (even on leash) or be carried around the campground or on the southern portion of the Rim Rock Trail due to potentially aggressive deer protecting their fawns. Over the past few years, female deer have acted aggressively and even attacked park visitors walking dogs. The deer perceive the dog as a threat to their fawns. This has resulted in several deer being euthanized and a visitor almost getting mauled to death.

https://www.nps.gov/blca/planyourvisit/pets2.htm
Just stayed in Gunnision for a couple of nights, Loop A, if curious. There are does that live in the campgrounds, inside the loops, and they were about to have their fawns while we were there two weeks ago. I can see how the interactions with dogs could go poorly. The other problem, and obviously not limited to just Gunnision, but people are idiots. I have a couple of good pics of a guy and his son standing a few yards from some full grown bull elk in RMNP last week. Take people like that, add a dog and they get to be the reason for more park policies and rules.
 
#12
National parks and dogs are weird. Especially in the backcountry and on trails. The NPS is a little misleading, they've got a site >>

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/pets/index.htm

With a map that makes it look like the NPS is dog friendly, but the vast majority: https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/pets.htm

You may not have your pet with you:
  • at overlooks
  • on any hiking trails
  • anywhere in the backcountry
  • on the rivers
  • on any backcountry roads, even if it stays in your vehicle
Not allowed on trails is pretty common, especially in the BIG PARKS.
https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/pets.htm


https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrie...c=true&n=pt36.1.2&r=PART&ty=HTML#se36.1.2_115

The friendliest parks to pets:
https://www.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/dont-leave-fido-home
 
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