Posted: Apr 13, 2013 3:58 PM by Beth Saboe - MTN News
It's billed as "Bozeman's least appealing volunteer opportunity" but dozens of people spent this morning picking up poop on Peet's Hill
Armed with buckets, shovels and gloves, more than 30 volunteers took part in the second annual 'scoop the Poop' event.
Organizers say it's a dirty job...but somebody's got to do it.
"This is a problem created by dog owners so dog owners have to take responsibility in cleaning it up. It's not up to the city to clean up after our dogs, it's up to us," said Terry Cunningham, founder of Run Dog Run, Inc. "And Run Dog Run advocates for more off-leash facilities and you got to take care of the ones you have before you ask for more."
Last year, volunteers scooped more than a ton (about 2,000 lbs) of dog poop in Burke Park and Peet's Hill.
This morning, there weren't as many piles to pick up, but with thousands of people and their pets using the park each year....the poop that gets left behind is still a problem.
["Dog poop continues to be an issue. Fortunately we have people who love this place enough that they will come out and spend their Saturday morning cleaning up after other people's dogs and it says a tremendous amount about the spirit of this community," said Penelope Pierce, Executive Director of Gallatin Valley Land Trust.
Volunteers were also on the lookout for other "hidden treasures." There were 10 eggs were hidden in the park and any sharp-eyed scooper who found one got a Dee-O-Gee gift card.