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County to Take Up Peavine Shooting Concerns at May Meeting

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Sign entering trailhead on Peavine Mountain. Photo: Bob Conrad.

Peavine Mountain has been plagued with complaints about shooting near homes for years, and the Washoe Board of County Commissioners is expected to take up the issue at a meeting in May.

Commissioner Jeanne Herman said at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting that she is working with the county community services department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to develop a multiple-use plan for the area, where shooting will be allowed in designated areas.

Kitty Jung
Commissioner Kitty Jung

The new plan comes in the wake of historic conflicts between shooters and hikers and bikers.

Commissioner Kitty Jung said that the plan is needed quickly because of safety concerns but that hikers bear some responsibility for their safety.

“Unfortunately, I want to say this to the hikers: Please talk to your group too because we’ve got reports that hikers can be quite aggressive, walking into these people and telling them, ‘you can’t shoot here,'” she said Tuesday. “I think you should wear an orange vest, I think you should have a whistle, I think you need to take responsibility for your own safety.”

Jung stressed that the plan needs to be developed quickly before anyone gets shot and that the Sheriff’s Office is going to step up enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to call 785-9276 to report illegal shooting.

A Facebook group, “Promoting Safety on Peavine Trails,” tracks and monitors shooting concerns on Peavine.

Bob Conrad
Bob Conradhttp://thisisreno.com
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. He is also a part time instructor at UNR and sits on the boards of the Nevada Press Association and Nevada Open Government Coalition.

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