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Dog Poop Is A Big Concern In Bozeman

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BOZEMAN -

The city of Bozeman is asking people how to better encourage residents to do their duty and pick up dog waste throughout the city.

It is the first of several hot topics being discussed at Bozeman's online city hall.

As it turns out, dog waste is a serious issue in the dog friendly town.

"I think it is partly a problem of not being aware of how big of a problem it is, especially in the winter," said Aimee Brunkhorst, Bozeman Deputy Clerk.

That is one of the reasons why Brunkhorst picked the first topic on the online city hall, a new forum encouraging discussion on hot topics in Bozeman.

"There are some solutions, and there are a lot of things already being done, but there could be more," said Brunkhorst.

People at Cooper Park, an off leash park in Bozeman, said dog poop shouldn't be an issue because the city provides plenty of litter bags.

"I don't know if people don't care or if people's dogs just get away from them, but it seems like there are plenty of bags available and trash bins for disposing," said Meriah McLeish, a dog owner.

There are 70 waste stations across Bozeman.

Carrie Schumke said the dog poop goes beyond the city's parks.

"In the summer time, we walk quite a distance from the neighborhood as well, there seems to be an issue in the actual surrounding areas of the parks," said Schumke.

Brunckhorst said the Montana State University extension tested water in Bozeman creek and found high levels of E-Coli.

"There are several contributions to that, but one of them is dog feces that finds its way when it rains into the creek," said Brunckhorst.

While there are a handful of people that don't always pick up after their dogs, most people are doing their part to help keep Bozeman clean.

"I don't think everyone intends it to be a problem," said Schumke.  "Most people are good about picking up. If we pick up after our own dogs, if we see it laying there we will pick up someone's too but its hard to keep up with all of it."

If you have an opinion on all the poop in Bozeman, you can weigh in on the Bozeman online city hall.

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