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  • You can help notify BLM of rogue dog-walkers at Table Rock

  • Every time I've taken a hike on the Table Rocks, I have met BIG DOGS. Now that I have a camera in my cell phone, what police department do I send the picture to??? On the weekend??
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  • Every time I've taken a hike on the Table Rocks, I have met BIG DOGS. Now that I have a camera in my cell phone, what police department do I send the picture to??? On the weekend??
    — Katherine
    Well Katherine, your local Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said policing the "no dogs" policy is "quite a tough thing to do," but there are some steps you can take.
    For readers who don't know, to prevent disturbance to ground-nesting birds and other animals, hikers are instructed to leave their dogs at home when hiking at Table Rock.
    Trish Lindaman, the outdoor recreation planner for Medford BLM, said pictures are not particularly helpful. Since there's no identification on a dog, there is not a lot that law enforcement can do with a picture.
    Instead, call the Medford BLM front desk at 541-618-2200 and let them know what you saw. If a ranger is on site and available, they will send him or her out to assess the situation and issue a citation.
    If no one answers at the front desk, you can try the non-emergency police number, 541-770-4784. The police can alert a ranger if one is available.
    Unfortunately, a ranger is not always around to deal with the situation.
    While its generally best to avoid confronting strangers on the trail yourself, you can still do your part by educating your friends and family about why they should leave their furry friends, BIG or small, at home.
    For more information on what trails dogs are permitted on, visit www.blm.gov.
    Send questions to youasked@mailtribune.com
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