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ON LEASH AREAS All areas not posted require dogs to be on a leash as part of City Park Code and Citywide Leash Law. HORSES IN CITY PARKS Horses are only allowed on paved roads open to motor vehicles OR designated bridle trails in the following parks: • Arroyo Park. All Trails. • Cornwall Park. Wooded area between ballfield & pedestrian trail. • Lake Padden Park. Bridle trails on wooded side of park above pedestrian trail. • Little Squalicum Park. Trail from Bellingham Technical College to Bay. • Whatcom Falls Park. Trails across the bridge, north of Whatcom Creek. The owner or handler is responsible for cleaning up waste deposits left on park property and they are required to have in their possession the equipment necessary to remove the fecal matter when accompanied by their horse on public property or public easement. NO HUNTING No person shall hunt, catch or injure any wild animal or bird on park property. VIOLATION OF REGULATIONS IS PUNISHABLE BY FINE Any violation of a provision of the regulation is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00). ENFORCEMENT For enforcement of Dog Off-Leash Areas, contact The Whatcom Humane Society: (360) 733-2080. PLEASE REMEMBER TO PICK UP YOUR DOG'S WASTE! IT'S THE LAW AND IT'S FOR YOUR SAFETY TOO! When animal waste is left to decompose, the pathogens it contains can end up in our lakes and streams. In large numbers, pathogens in untreated drinking water and recreational waters can present a health risk. 11,000 pounds of waste is produced by all the dogs in Whatcom County in one day! 5 ounces of dog waste can contain 3,408,000,000 fecal coliform bacteria. Fecal coliform is the name for a group of bacteria found in waste from humans and animals. When this indicator bacteria is found in water samples, there may be disease-causing pathogens present as well. PROTECT BELLINGHAM'S OUTSTANDING GREENWAYS! • Please stay on trails • Volunteer for the City's Parks Volunteer Program – find schedules at the Park Admin Office or visit http://www.cob.org/government/public/ volunteer/parks/index.aspx • Report illegal activities in the parks such as tree cutting or dumping

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