Dogs and the National Forest: 

San Bernardino County Code, Title 3: Health and Sanitation and Animal Regulations Division 2: Animals, Chapter 1: Animal Control

  • Section 32.0101 (k): The term "dog" as used herein shall mean any dog of any age, female or male
  • Section 32.0101 (r): The term "leash" as used herein shall mean any rope, leather strap, chain or other material not exceeding six feet in length being held in the hand of a person capable of controlling the animal to which it is attached
  • Section 32.0108 (b): Any person who finds any animal which has strayed or is running at large upon his/her own property or any other place contrary to the provisions of this chapter, may take possession of and hold same provided, within four (4) hours after securing possession thereof, he/she shall notify the Health Officer, Animal Control Officer, or Sheriff of the fact that he/she has such animal and shall surrender the animal to the Health Officer, Animal Control Officer, of Sheriff upon demand.  
  • Section 32.0108 (c): No person may lawfully bring his/her dog out of his/her property unless: (1) The dog is restrained by a leash and is in the charge of a person competent to restrain the dog; or (2) The dog is properly restrained and enclosed in a vehicle, cage or similar enclosure

Code of Federal Regulations

  • 36 CFR 261.8 (d) Possession a dog not on a leash or otherwise confined is prohibited

American Dog Owners Association

  • Leashes protect dogs from becoming lost and from wilderness hazards such as porcupines, mountain lions, bears, and sick, injured or rabid animals
  • Unleashed dogs intimidate other hikers and their dogs depriving them of the peace wilderness provides
  • Unleashed dogs harass, injure and sometimes kill wildlife
  • A leashed dog's keen senses can enhance our awareness of nearby wildlife or other wilderness visitors
  • Unleashed dogs increase the probability of dogs being banned from your favorite public lands
  • Failure to leash your dog will result in a fine