Dog owners express leash restrictions plan

March 5, 2011 6:13:26 PM PST
Hundreds of dog owners had their say on Saturday on a plan to restrict where their pets can roam in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Right now, dogs can roam off leash in nearly the entire 75,000-acre area. but the park service wants to limit that freedom at Crissy field, Ocean Beach and Fort Funston to protect the wildlife.

One idea calls for banning dogs altogether from Muir Beach in Marin. Many dog owners are opposed to the changes, saying it punishes everyone for the bad behavior of a few.

"There will be several areas where dogs will not be allowed and generally those will be designed to protect sensitive resources, which is a fundamental issue of the National Park Service," Howard Levitt from GGNRA said.

"The plan that's been proposed is almost draconian in its restrictions on where dogs can go off leash," Sally Stepehens from SF Dogs said.

Saturday's open house was at San Francisco State University. It was the second of four events for the public and the next one is Monday at Fort Mason.