Colorado takes input on dogs in parks
DENVER, Colorado – State parks officials say there have been conflicts between dogs, their owners and others who use Chatfield and Creek state parks and they want to hear from the public about the situation.
The State Parks Department says some people aren’t cleaning up after their dogs. Parks officials are concerned that areas set aside for training hunting dogs are turning into off-leash parks.
But parks spokeswoman Deb Frazier says there’s no plan to close the training areas at this time. She says the department is still listening to people’s concerns.
A study has cited damage to vegetation and a decrease in birds and small mammals due to the large number of people and dogs using the Denver-area parks.
Dog owners say they don’t see that many conflicts.