Dogs no longer allowed at Mike Harris Trailhead area in Caribou-Targhee National Forest

VICTOR, Ida. — The local Forest Service Ranger District has implemented a winter closure order in the Mike Harris Trailhead area.

The closure states that possessing or allowing a dog is prohibited on all groomed winter trails in the South Valley Trails area on the Teton Basin District, Caribou Targhee National Forest.

According to National Forest officials, these restrictions are necessary to protect the health and safety of visitors by reducing sanitation issues associated with dog feces, mitigate user conflicts and alleviate maintenance costs associated with prohibited uses.

This order will be in effect when signed and will remain in effect until April 15, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.

Any violation of the prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for individuals, and $10,000.00 for organizations and/or imprisonment for not more than six(6) months.

Closure area. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

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