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jraya
10-20-2004, 09:29 PM
:( BLM closes 2 trails to motorized use

Associated Press

LOVELL, Wyo. - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has closed two trails to motorized use on the Bighorn Mountains' western slope because horses with people on them have been startled by all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles.


The Cottonwood Creek and Petes Canyon Trail remain open to hikers, skiers, mountain bikers and horse riders, according to the BLM.


"In one case, some motorcyclists came upon a group of horseback riders rather suddenly," said Shirley Bye-Jech, BLM outdoor recreation specialist.


"The horses were startled by the loud noise and activity, but fortunately the skilled horseback riders were able to keep their animals under control.


"As for the motorcyclists, the last one in the group had to lay down his bike to keep from hitting the other bikers."


Bye-Jech said another episode involved ATVs and horseback riders.


"We want to avoid endangering the safety of recreationists or their livestock," she said. "The BLM has taken immediate action and posted signs at the trailheads to identify the motorized closures. Citations will be issued for violations."


Both trails cross rugged terrain in the Little Mountain area, offering only narrow passageways for travel.


Vegetation is thick, making it hard to see around bends.



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