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Dog owners need to scoop poop | Letter to the Editor

Every day last week I walked our small dog through Island Center Forest while our regular dog walker, my wife, was away. I was amazed at how much dog poop was left on the trails through our county forest. I do not think that it comes as a surprise to those who walk their dogs in ICF that they are supposed to pick up that which their dogs leave on the trails. The county parks department supply bio-degradable bags and specific deposit containers at all the entrances to ICF, just for this purpose.

It disgusted me to find large piles of dog poop at the most obvious places possible — piles left under the disposal cans, at the intersections of trail heads and even under the gates to the forest.

Are we being left a message? The only way that a dog owner could possibly ignore his or her pet taking care of its business, so obviously, would be if the dog was off leash and out of sight. Technically, as per park department rules, all dogs are supposed to be on a leash. This problem could possibly be solved if the leash rule was enforced. That would be most unfortunate for all those dog joggers and walkers who have petitioned the county for off-leash privileges. I believe it would behoove all those who walk dogs in the ICF to police their own.

The park department crew is directed to clean up after dogs and their owners. They agree that it’s a problem and are disappointed with the number of owners who are not cleaning up after their dogs. Please, if you walk or jog with your dog in ICF, pick up after them. If we all fulfill our obligations and do what is reasonably expected, we will be able to enjoy this island treasure for a long time.


— Stephen Holtz, King County Ambassador to Island Center Forest


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