Irresponsible recreationists leave gates open, damage fences,
and shoot at pipelines and other range developments...
|Yahoos shot up this livestock watering tank on Bureau of Land Management land in the Badlands in Central Oregon. (Photograph: A. Kerr)|
|Another shot up livestock watering tank on Bureau of Land Management land in the Badlands in Central Oregon. (Photograph: A. Kerr)|
"Rancher Curtis Rozman recalls an encounter he had last fall with an all-terain vehicle rider: 'He stopped and read the 'No Trespassing' sign. Then rammed the fence with his vehicle, backed up, rammed it again, and pushed the fence down.'" Peterson, J. Moab on the horns of a recreation dilemma. High Country News (May 30, 2005): 4.
|Professor Jerry Holechek noted in 2001 that encroaching suburbanization of western rangelands "severely compromise[s] remaining ranches by increasing property taxes; vandalism; restrictions on management practices such as burning, weed control and predator control; marauding dog problems; trespass; carelessness with gates and fences; loss of livestock from theft and vehicle accidents; and liability. J. L. Holechek. 2001. Western ranching at the crossroads. Rangelands 23(1): 18 (citation omitted).|