SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Federal parks officials are proposing new rules that would require dogs to be leashed in some parts of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and ban them altogether from still other parts of the park.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

A dog management plan for the park recommends dogs not be allowed in parts of San Francisco’s Crissy Field, Ocean Beach and Fort Funston.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the ban would also apply to Muir Beach, a part of the park in Marin County.

A 90-day public comment period on the plan begins on Friday. A final decision could come in 2012.

Golden Gate Recreation Area Superintendent Frank Dean says parks officials want to ensure native vegetation and protected species are not disturbed while remaining sensitive to the needs of dog owners.

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Comments (6)
  1. Bloodhounds says:

    How about looking into Golden Gate Park for native vegetation that’s being destroyed by people camping and living there.

  2. J. Morasci says:

    I have seen more damage by humans than by dogs. Dogs don’t carve their initials on trees or graffiti the sandstone cliffs. A few owners are careless, as are a few parents who leave dirty diapers on the ground in the parks. Shall we ban babies?

  3. anne says:

    Why not create a bathroom for pooches?. If there is a bathroom for human beings, why not create a potty place for dogs? Dogs need to go to the bathroom as much a human being does. There is currently no bathroom facilities for dogs. Why can’t we create one for dogs?

  4. Elmer says:

    Dogs do less damage than human. More often when dogs are involved, it is usally their human owners faults.