Proposal for Bay Area Dog-Walking Rules

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay area dog owners are growling over a proposal to keep canines out of some popular beaches and parks.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the National Park Service unveiled a revised dog management plan on Friday for 21 locations within the 125-square mile Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The draft rules would make dogs off-limits at a Crissy Field beach where they now are allowed and at most of San Francisco's sprawling Ocean Beach. The proposal would also require the use of leashes at five of the six places in Marin County where dogs currently can run free.

The new plan is an update to a draft the Park Service released two years ago that generated opposition from both dog owners and naturalists who complained about dogs scaring wildlife and trampling vegetation.

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