...Ruby has changes the dog rules w/ the new permit rules. Your allowed 2 dogs per group and they are counted as part of total group number.
Hey Zach and Rich, and anyone one else,
Looking at just at the LE(law enforcement) problem. Its hard to enforce since there isn't a LE at westwater to issue tickets. Now, yes the BLM could have stationed a LE there to due that, but that also costs a lot to have a uniformed, gun bearing, ticket writing employed guy there. Where is the money to cover his costs? BLM gets the crap of the budget for the department of the interior (NPS take most). Standard BLM rangers cover 100's of thousands of acres with what, 2 law enforcement guys to tackle it all. They can't be everywhere at once. And with the continued slashing of gov spending, even less to the BLM. So, ok, they can increase the cost of the permits to help cover the cost of a ranger to ticket people who can't / won't control their dogs?? Does this make any sense?? no. And I know we would bitch beyond all belief if the cost of the permit went up.
as for horsepoop vs dog poop. hmm, well minus miners cabin/big horn/bald eagle, I've yet to see horses in/around any other campsites in the canyon. And how many dogs are roaming around those 7 campsites that all the poop is going to be collected at....yes, some owners pick it up, but honestly, how many go walking thru the brush and tall grass looking for their dogs droppings at camp?? it's the desert, not much decom going on.
Reality, the BLM aren't our mothers and aren't there to babysit us and our friends/pets/whatever. They are there to preserve as best they can the environment, and the use for everyone (rafting/kayaking/mining/ranching/ect). You can't really bitch that much about all the natural gas fields and oil fields when you are driving a car or heating your house.
How many years have you been there and watched/or seen the rangers ask to have a dog put on a leach, when as your own responsibility should know better and have already done it.
We brought this upon ourselves, no point in blaming the blm for putting in a policy that is trying to make better of the land.
Yes, I love dogs, no I don't have one, yes I want one to take on the river, yes I would love to see a LE there to enforce rules, no I don't want to pay more to have the ranger there, yes I SHOULD ENFORCE THE RULES FOR MY OWN ANIMAL!
bitch at me all you want, just my 2 cents