State wildlife officials are voicing their disapproval of an effort by federal officials to warn hunters not to leave unattended trailers in northern Arizona's national forests.
The Daily Courier reports that the United States Forest Service is getting complaints about hunters leaving trailers unattended for days so they can reserve spots. Federal officials say the vehicles could be vulnerable to theft or vandalism and could impede fire crews trying to conduct prescribed burns. State and county officials say hunters should be able to leave trailers on the forest while they work during the week and return to hunt on weekends. Game and Fish Director Larry Voyles accuses the Forest Service of changing the rules on the usual 14-day camp limit, but federal officials explain that rule remains unchanged.