lanternerouge08 wrote:2. National forest requires dogs to be leashed, unless otherwise posted. Whether you choose to follow the leash law or not is your decision, but the law says you should. You are right that wilderness areas also require your pet to be leashed.
Can you provide a reference for this law? I try to stay up on this issue, as my dogs get out with me a lot.
This was not the case last summer, but them dumb politicians and beerocrats are always changing how I'm supposed to live.
This is the best I could find, which is for Coronado National Forest, but the important point is state and local laws still apply when one is in national forest lands:http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/forest/faq/dog-faq.shtml
The more important point is whether one chooses to obey this law or not. My dog and I spent many adventures in the high mountains running sans leash. She was well trained and obeyed my commands (mostly). But she was a hunting dog and liked to chase animals so I was always worried that someone else would shoot her because of that law allowing someone to shoot a dog that is chasing animals. So if she wanted to chase then I would put her back on leash, or if I felt like she might disturb someone else, I would also put her back on leash.
In all my years of adventuring in Colorado I've never even seen a national forest ranger out on the trail so I can't say how they felt about my actions. I will say that JeffCo Open Space rangers do NOT like dogs off leash and will go out of their way to make a big deal about it.