BLM outlaws paintball guns, rock climbing in Birds of Prey area

BLM outlaws paintball guns, rock climbing in Birds of Prey area

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BLM outlaws paintball guns, rock climbing in Birds of Prey area

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 5:23 PM

BOISE -- Federal land managers are imposing a ban on paintball warfare and rock climbing in and around a raptor sanctuary along the Snake River canyon south of Boise.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced the new rules Monday for the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey area.

Agency officials have been crafting the rules for several years in hopes of better protecting raptor habitat and improving public safety in the area.

New rules prohibit rock climbing and rappelling in the canyon within the sanctuary boundaries to protect 16 species of raptors that nest along the rock walls.

Paintball guns have also been outlawed inside the area and within a quarter-mile of the boundary.

New restrictions have also been implemented for campfires.

Offenders could be fined or sentenced to prison.

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