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National Park Service Proposes New Rules For Dogs At Bay Area Beaches, Parks

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A dog fetches a stick in the water at Ocean Beach on June 21, 2011 in San Francisco, California. On the first day of summer, the San Francisco Bay Area is experience its first heat wave of the season with temperatures in the 70's at the coast and up to 100 degrees in the inland areas. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A dog fetches a stick in the water at Ocean Beach on June 21, 2011 in San Francisco, California. On the first day of summer, the San Francisco Bay Area is experience its first heat wave of the season with temperatures in the 70′s at the coast and up to 100 degrees in the inland areas. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — San Francisco Bay area dog owners are growling over a proposal to keep canines out of some popular beaches and parks.

The National Park Service unveiled a revised dog management plan on Friday for 21 locations within the 125-square mile Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The draft rules would make dogs off-limits at a Crissy Field beach where they now are allowed and at most of San Francisco’s sprawling Ocean Beach. The proposal would also require the use of leashes at five of the six places in Marin County where dogs currently can run free.

The new plan is an update to a draft the Park Service released two years ago that generated opposition from both dog owners and naturalists who complained about dogs scaring wildlife and trampling vegetation.

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