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Q: Is there any kind of leash law in national forest lands? If so, it might have helped avert the recent shooting tragedy.

A: Walt Thole with the U.S. Forest Service's Payson Ranger District, said the for forest property within the town limits, the USFS follows the town rules requiring all dogs to be on a leash; in developed campground leashes are also required; out on trails within county jurisdiction, the Forest Service requires the county rules to be followed. Thole said in Gila County that means the dog must be controlled, which does not necessarily mean it must be on a leash.

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