- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has banned recreational shooting on land near trails and homes south of Jackson.

Jackson District Ranger Dale Dieter announced the closure of the Swinging Bridge area to all shooters but licensed hunters Thursday, three months after first proposing it. Deiter said it wasn’t safe to allow target shooting on forest land surrounded by private land. Dieter said debris and litter as well as vandalized signs were a problem there.

The area covers 201 acres on the east side of the Snake River about 10 miles south of Jackson.

In Colorado, the Forest Service closed an area near Woodland Park to shooting last week. Officials are also considering limiting shooting to designated areas along much of the busy Front Range and Interstate 70 corridor.

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