First, I am wondering why two dog owners have been ticketed while having their dogs off-leash on a trail that has always been dog friendly and if sledders or bikers have ever been ticketed on Smuggler for excessive speed (re: “Sledders urged to slow down on Smuggler,” Feb. 26). I have biked on Smuggler a hundred times, and hiked hundreds of times, and no my dogs have never tried to bite anyone but I question the fairness of this situation. Many changes have taken place in our valley in the last 20 years including the fact that there are limited areas where long-time residents are “allowed” to exercise with their dogs off-leash without threat of coyotes or other dangerous wildlife. If any dog expert would weigh in, would they agree that it would not be an unusual part of a dog’s nature to chase a “speeding” target such as a sledder? I am not saying it is OK for a dog to bite at any time, but I do not believe that the parks and recreation department’s decision makers take into consideration that dog owners have limited areas to take their dogs. Are any of these decision makers dog owners and is everyone treated fairly across the board on the trails? Healthy dogs need exercise.
It disappoints me to think how much of my money is used to employ rangers and policies I may not agree with.