A high incidence of dog bites in state parks has prompted the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to remind visitors that dogs must be under control and on a leash no longer than eight feet while in Washington state parks. Infractions carry a fine of $87. Last year 22 people were bitten in state parks and seven required medical attention.
Robert Ingram, state parks chief of visitor protection and law enforcement, noted that the rules are designed to protect pets as well as people, and that off-leash dogs can pose dangers for wildlife and damage vegetation. Off-leash dogs also have been injured fighting each other, and some dogs have fallen to their deaths from high-elevation trails.Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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