Winter poop scooping encouraged

Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation reminds the public to clean up after pets when utilizing public hiking and walking trails. There have been numerous complaints to Parks and Rec this year regarding owners leaving their pets mess on the trails. Cleaning up after one’s canine companion not only preserves the beauty of our natural environment, but it also protects human health, dog health, and our waters.

According to a release from the Parks and Recreation Department, Emily’s Pond and Cache Creek are especially susceptible to watershed contamination from animal waste. Many diseases are also transferred between dogs through fecal matter/oral transmission, such as intestinal parasites like roundworms and hookworms.

Bacterial and viral infections, such as Parvovirus, can also spread through fecal matter. Trail etiquette starts with being mindful of sharing public trails with others. Trail users should be respectful of shared trails by controlling their pets, picking up after them, and properly disposing the bag rather than leaving a bag behind for others to pick up.

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