From a Surrey Street resident:
Neighborhood dog walkers are being hit by huge fines for walking their dogs off leash in the canyon. The ticketing has apparently intensified since a local dog was killed by coyotes a few weeks ago.Rumor as it that the head of the park police has ordered the increased ticketing campaign in order to protect the coyotes.
The canyon has been a dog walkers paradise for decades. The effect of this crackdown has been to drive dog walkers away from the canyon. “I have noticed far fewer dog walkers in the canyon as of late, especially in the late afternoons and early evenings when the park police seem to be especially present,” he said in an email to the Glen Park News.
The neighbor believes the police are creating a climate of fear and intimidation in the canyon. “People don’t want to walk their dogs in an area where at the same time they have to look over their shoulders for the police.”
Have others experienced this? Does anyone know what’s behind it?