Letter to the Editor

Loose dogs on Creamer’s trails

To the editor:  Skiing, snowshoeing, walking, etc. with loose dogs on the Creamer’s Field refuge multi-use trails that are maintained by the Alaska Dog Mushers Association is putting your dogs at risk of injury from other dogs, possible collisions, and endangers other dogs and snow travelers on the trails.

When a team of dogs or a skijorer meets loose dogs along a trail, a classic accordion situation can occur, loose dogs can get skied over, or, worse, a dog fight may ensue.

There are numerous signs posted that point out that loose dogs are prohibited on the Creamer’s Field multi-use trails. There are borough regulations against loose dogs, also, but if postings and regs don’t motivate you, perhaps the safety of your dogs and others hopefully will.

Overall, I am amazed at the community volunteer effort to maintain these trails and the user cooperation between snowmachiners, dog mushers, skijorers, skiers, walkers, bikers, and snowshoers. I’d also like to take this opportunity to the thank the Alaska Dog Mushers Association and the Alaska Skijoring and Pulk Association (both organizations accept donations) and Stan Justice for their trail maintenance efforts.

Jeff Benowitz

Fairbanks

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