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Proposal Would Limit Dogs in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

New proposed rules would severely restrict the decades-old practice of off-leash dog walking in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that the proposed rules, announced Monday, would limit off-leash walking to five areas within the 80,000-acre San Francisco Bay Area recreation area: Crissy Field, Fort Funston, Ocean Beach, Fort Mason and Rodeo Beach. Within those areas, the amount of space currently allowed for off-leash walking would be further trimmed.

In San Francisco, the two primary sites for off-leash dog walking — Crissy Field and Fort Funston — would lose more than half of their current off-leash acreage. Many dog lovers are upset but the proposed changes.

But Howard Levitt, the director of communications for the recreation area, says leaders need to consider the needs and desires of a full range of visitors.

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