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Enforcement of Dog Leash Rules at Brown County State (and other State Parks)

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Paul_Arlinghaus:
I have been asked to remind mountain bikers about the requirement for dogs to be on leash at all times in State Parks. 

This includes mountain bikers. 

It is prohibited to have your dog off leash on the mountain bike trails.

I get complaints from mountain bikers about hikers with dogs off of leash.  So it is only fair that mountain bikers be held to the same rules.

From State Park’s point of view there are two issues with dogs off of leash.

1) User conflict. Off leash dogs create user conflict. Even if you dog is well behaved, it is unfair for other park users to have to encounter your off leash dog.  Not all park users are comfortable around off leash dogs, especially those who have dogs with them and are following the leash rules.

2) Of leash dogs negatively impact the wild life. 

Please expect this rule to be enforced at Brown County State Park.
 
We had an incident this weekend where a group of riders had 3 off leash dogs.  The Assistant Park Manager stopped and reminded them of the leash rules.  He doubted that they were going to follow the park rules so he stopped further up the trail. Not only did they have the dogs off leash, but the Assistant Park Manger could hear them saying derogatory things about him.

Due to their disrespect of park rules and for park staff, conservation officers were called.  Unfortunately they were diverted to an accident and were unable to ticket the riders.  The ticket for dogs off leash is $150.

Do to this incident; it is very likely that Conservation Officers will be out on the trails issuing tickets for dogs off leash.  This applies to all State Parks.  If you see riders with dogs off leash, please let them know that they will be ticketed if found with their dog off leash. 

Of course the most disturbing part of this is the disrespect shown for Park Staff.  The Park staff at Brown County State Park have been very supportive of mountain biking and we expect mountain bikers to be respectful of park staff and follow any instructions they give park users. 

Here are Rules for Pets on State Park Property

PET RULES AT INDIANA STATE PARKS

HELP YOUR PET BE A GOOD GUEST

HIKING TRAILS, PICNIC AREAS, BOAT RAMPS AND CAMPGROUNDS CAN BE BUSY, UNFAMILIAR AND EVEN SOMETIMES OVERWHELMING PLACES FOR DOGS AND OTHER PETS. PLEASE FOLLOW THESE BASIC PROPERTY RULES REGARDING PETS.

THE 6-FOOT LEASH RULE APPLIES TO THE ENTIRE PROPERTY AND TO ALL PETS. THE ONLY TIME YOUR PET MAY BE OFF THE LEASH IS INSIDE YOUR CAMPER, TENT OR VEHICLE. THIS INCLUDES PETS TRAVELING WITH MOUNTAIN BIKERS AND HORSE RIDERS. IF IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO KEEP YOUR PET ON A 6-FOOT LEASH, THE BEST AND SAFEST OPTION IS FOR YOUR PET TO STAY AT HOME. AT RESERVOIRS (PATOKA, BROOKVILLE, CAGLES MILL, CECIL M. HARDEN, SALAMONIE, MISSISSINEWA, MONROE, HARDY) DOGS MAY BE PERMITTED TO BE OFF LEASH WHEN IN LAWFUL PURSUIT OF WILD ANIMALS OR WHEN AUTHORIZED BY A LICENSE FOR FIELD TRIALS OR IN A DESIGNATED TRAINING AREA.

YOUR PET IS A GUEST BUT THE WILDLIFE LIVES HERE. PLEASE RESPECT WILDLIFE AND PLANT LIFE. FOLLOW THE 6-FOOT LEASH RULE TO PROTECT WILDLIFE, OTHER PEOPLE AND YOUR PET.

PLEASE PICK UP AFTER YOUR PET. ANIMAL WASTE CAN CONTAIN PARASITES. THE HIKER BEHIND YOU AND THE CAMPER WHO FOLLOWS YOU AT THE SITE DO NOT WANT TO STEP IN PET WASTE. BUY WASTE BAGS AT YOUR PET STORE OR BRING PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS. IF YOU ARE HIKING, PICK UP THE WASTE AND CARRY IT OUT. WHEN CLEANING YOUR CAMPSITE BEFORE LEAVING, REMOVE ALL PET WASTE AND PLACE THE BAGS IN THE CAMPGROUND DUMPSTER. DOUBLE BAGGING IS HELPFUL.

CAMPGROUND QUIET HOURS (11 P.M. - 7 A.M.) APPLY TO ALL GUESTS, INCLUDING PETS. IF YOUR DOG BARKS EXCESSIVELY AT YOUR CAMPSITE, PARTICULARLY DURING QUIET HOURS, WE MAY ASK THAT YOU TAKE YOUR PET HOME.

PARKS ARE NOT THE PLACE FOR TERRITORIAL PETS. IF YOUR PET IS HIGHLY DOMINANT OR AGGRESSIVE, PLEASE LEAVE YOUR ANIMAL AT HOME IN FAMILIAR TERRITORY.

WHEN YOU GO EXPLORING, PLEASE TAKE YOUR PET WITH YOU. KEEP YOUR PET WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PET TIED UP AT A CAMPSITE OR LOCKED IN A CAR.

PETS, EXCLUDING SERVICE ANIMALS AS DESIGNATED BY INDIANA CODE, ARE PROHIBITED AT:
SWIMMING POOLS
BEACHES (UNLESS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNATED FOR PETS)
RENTED RECREATION BUILDINGS
THE PIONEER VILLAGE AT SPRING MILL STATE PARK
PUBLIC BUILDINGS

BE SURE TO CARRY FRESH, CLEAN WATER FOR YOUR PET AS YOU HIKE OR VISIT OTHER AREAS IN THE PARK.
MAKE SURE YOUR PET'S VACCINATIONS ARE UP-TO-DATE. THIS STATE LAW PROTECTS YOUR PET FROM OTHER PETS (OR WILDLIFE) THAT MAY NOT BE IN PERFECT HEALTH.

A LOCAL KENNEL MAY PROVIDE A GOOD COMPROMISE. IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE OUTDOORS WITH YOUR PET BUT YOUR PET DOESN'T HANDLE THE CAMPGROUND WELL, DAYS IN THE PARK AND NIGHTS IN A KENNEL MIGHT BE AN OPTION. CHECK THE PARK OFFICE OR CAMPGROUND GATE FOR INFORMATION.

suboptimal:
"I recall an incident 2-3 years ago where a dog was killed by a snake because it wasn't on a leash..."

I have not had any luck keeping my snake on a leash.  It keeps squirming out of the collar.  It has never killed a dog, but it took almost three weeks to digest the neighbor's cat...

Dave G.:
Well played, suboptimal :))

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David Kuehnen:

--- Quote from: suboptimal on August 12, 2014, 10:51:49 AM ---"[size=0px]I recall an incident 2-3 years ago where a dog was killed by a snake because it wasn't on a leash..."[/size]

[size=0px]I have not had any luck keeping my snake on a leash.  It keeps squirming out of the collar.  It has never killed a dog, but it took almost three weeks to digest the neighbor's cat...[/size]

--- End quote ---
Did you use a square knot when you tied your snake to the lease?  Cause I hear a square knot is the best one to use.

Shark:

--- Quote from: suboptimal on August 12, 2014, 10:51:49 AM ---"I recall an incident 2-3 years ago where a dog was killed by a snake because it wasn't on a leash..."

I have not had any luck keeping my snake on a leash.  It keeps squirming out of the collar.  It has never killed a dog, but it took almost three weeks to digest the neighbor's cat...

--- End quote ---

Where is the +1 button.....awesome.

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