New Trail Head Signs Posted For Dog Owners

DLNR Officials Increasing Awareness To Safety, Leash Law On Oahu Hikes

 UPDATED 4:55 AM HST Dec 22, 2011
HONOLULU -

Department of Land and Natural Resources officials say the effort became a priority after an incident last month where several hunting dogs attacked another dog that was off leash.

DLNR's trail specialist for Oahu, Aaron Lowe said it comes down to both hunter and hikers with dogs to maintain control of their animals.

"So the whole idea is to educate people so that we all can share the trails, get along and enjoy the forest," said Lowe.

Last month, an Alaskan husky was off leash on a hike with her owner on the Manana Falls trail in Pearl City, when a pack of pig hunting dogs approached and attacked the dog. The husky suffered about two dozen puncture wounds, broken and cracked ribs and a torn leg muscle.

In response, DLNR crews began posting signs at trail heads where public hunting areas are located to raise awareness and educate the public.

There is a leash law in place that requires hikers to keep their dogs on leash at all times while on the trail. Hunters are allowed to take their dogs off leash once they are out of public areas.

The state has also established an online incident report form that the public can use to report dog interactionand other incidents that may occur while using trails on Oahu. The website is www.hawaiitrails.org.

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