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Thu Nov 25, 2021, 04:48 PM

I went to Echo lake to let my dog run free.

I am in Pagosa Springs , CO. San Juan County.

We had a great time for 30 or so mins at the far SW quadrant of Echo lake. We then drove north towards the road. We were still 1/3 mile from the highway so I let Pax run free.

I was parked next to a white sedan. Pax was sniffing and exploring as normal until he got to the sedan. A huge Pit Bull (Pax is 80 lbs) jumped to a car window. This dog was bigger than mine by far. The noise was explosive. Pax ran back to my car. Pax is an 80 lb husky with NO FEAR - but he was jarred.

A few moments later the cars owner started walking back from the lake. I realized that what I thought was a fishing pole was a shot gun, and he also had some sort of assault rifle slung low. I have been coming to Echo Lake for 25+ years and have NEVER seen a gun.

I got Paxton into the car. The shotgun guy was trying to say something. I took my headphones off. He was trying to be 'friendly'. I asked him why he had a gun at echo lake. He told me that he was shooting ducks.

I felt literally nauseous. Been coming to the lake for 25-30 years and have NEVER seen a gun.

I 'rolled my eyes at him ' and drove off with him jumping and screaming in my rearview mirror.

I had been home for 20 mins or so when the 'See something Do something' from the early 2000's kicked in. I called the San Juan Sheriff. I really do not want to go into detail. but they told me that guns are legal and that I was an idiot to think otherwise.

Gonna enjoy a big bowl before dinner this year........................................

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Reply I went to Echo lake to let my dog run free. (Original post)
alittlelark Nov 25 OP
msongs Nov 25 #1
electric_blue68 Nov 25 #2
LeftInTX Nov 25 #3
Hoyt Nov 25 #4
alittlelark Nov 25 #5
BlueKentuckyGirl Nov 25 #6
StarryNite Nov 25 #7
Shellback Squid Nov 25 #8

Response to alittlelark (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 04:53 PM

1. pit bulls and shotguns are status items nt

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Response to alittlelark (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 05:03 PM

2. Oh, dear, scary. Is that Echo Lake that is north east of ...

Mt Evans?

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Response to alittlelark (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 05:12 PM

3. I would be more scared of the pitt bull.

They are everywhere and are pushed by rescues and fosters

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Response to alittlelark (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 05:24 PM

4. Toting on hiking trails seems to be big these days. They've all got some excuse.

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Response to alittlelark (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 05:28 PM

5. I made the mistake of giving the 911 ppl my number

They have called back 3 times.

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Response to alittlelark (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 06:41 PM

6. Different outcome for me....

Several weeks ago, my boyfriend and I were finishing a bicycle ride along the Truckee River in Sparks, Nevada. Sparks is right next to Reno. Two guys pulled up in a pick-up truck, and began walking down the bicycle path. Both had long guns. Since I know next to nothing about guns, I will just say they looked like hunting rifles. The only things to shoot at in that area are Canada Geese and other ducks. Also wild horses. I called the Sparks police and before I had left the area, five Sparks Police cars were headed that way at high speed. I don't know the outcome, but they took me very seriously. Could be that it is near populated areas. Don't be discouraged from calling in these types of incidences. It may have been that it was an isolated area, not that it should matter.

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Response to BlueKentuckyGirl (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 06:48 PM

7. Over 3 dozen federally protected wild horses have been shot

in the Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona during the past three Januarys. Nobody has been arrested and I doubt the Forest Service is working very hard to find out who did it since they are working on a wild horse management plan that will destroy the herd. It makes me sick.

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Response to alittlelark (Original post)

Thu Nov 25, 2021, 06:50 PM

8. Nice area, season has a little over a month left

​Eastern Zone
10/2/21 - 1/5/22
​Areas: Routt, Grand, Summit, Eagle and Pitkin counties, part of the Saguache, San Juan, Hinsdale and Mineral counties west of Continental Divide, and part of Gunnison County except the North Fork of the Gunnison River Valley (GMUs 521, 53 and 63) and the part of Moffat Co. east of the northern intersection of CR 29 with the Moffat-Routt Co. line, south along CR 29 to the intersection of CR 29 with the Moffat-Routt Co. line (Elkhead Reservoir State Park).​

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