Shooting area in north Idaho may be forced to shut down

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 7:06 PM

HAYDEN LAKE, Idaho -- A popular shooting area in north Idaho may be forced to shut down because of littering.

The National Forest Service said the problem has gotten out of hand in recent years.  They said if people don’t stop leaving garbage at the Hayden Creek shooting pit, they’ll have no choice but to close it.

“We’ve found cars, refrigerators, washers and dryers, all of these things,” said Jason Kirchner of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Service.

Kirchner said all of the garbage can pose a health hazard because after heavy rains, waste from the pit can get washed into nearby Hayden Creek.

Some shooters said having the area close for good would be unimaginable.

“People come out here and just dump garbage and stuff. If they want to do it they should be cleaning up after themselves. It’s a privilege, not a gift,” said Jake Willoughby.

If you get caught littering at that shooting pit you could face a $5,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

 

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