Dog park closure

Xanthos, a 3-year-old Dogo Argentino, and Jumbo, a chocolate Labrador retriever, play keepaway in February at the winter dog park. The enclosed puppy play park closed Wednesday, three days early because of the anticipation of out-of-towners' arrival for the elk antler hunt.

Canophiles, take note.

The dog park on the Teton County Fairgrounds is closed for the season. Its last day of operations was Tuesday, and Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation took the fencing down this morning, two days earlier than intended because of “the arrival of participants for the elk antler hunt,” according to a news release.

“We appreciate the public’s understanding,” Parks and Rec's press release stated.

The elk antler hunt has triggered officials’ concern as the community responds to COVID-19.

In early April, Governor Mark Gordon weighed in asking elk antler hunters to stay home and requesting that, if they came to the state, they self-quarantine for two weeks, which, if followed, would essentially make coming to hunt for ungulates’ rack pointless.

But those requests are exactly that — requests — and people can still come.

That hasn’t stopped the Jackson Police Department from making the same ask.

“If you’re out there and you’re listening and you’re planning on attending, we’re asking you, ‘Please sit this one out,’” Chief of Police Todd Smith said Friday during the live community COVID-19 update, broadcast from Town Hall.

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Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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