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Gold Camp shooting ranges left with illegal trash

Gold Camp Road trash

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - Target shooters at one Colorado springs shooting range are leaving behind a big mess.

"Wow, can you see it? It's just unbelievable, this is just carnage," said Barry Mawson.

Mawson has been target shooting for decades but over the past six years he says the shooting ranges on Gold Camp Road have turned into a mess.

"It's pretty depressing. I mean here's a 12 gage shot gun shell, all over the ground," he said.

The rules are clearly stated on the sign, remove your targets and trash, but people are not following the rules. Four different target areas within miles apart are all covered in trash.

"On national forest land you can only shoot manufactured paper and still targets," said Dawn Sanchez, Wildland Fire public information officer.

There were also obvious signs trees were shot down.

"They were shot so many times, they literally came apart," Mawson said.

Shooting trees is also illegal and crews say it puts the concern for a fire at an all time high.

"Those can throw a spark into the grass and start a fire," Sanchez said.

The Pikes Peak Ranger District says they're aware of the problem, but don't have enough rangers to patrol.

"There's no way somebody can police this. We need support from the federal government and the state," Mawson said.

Until then, it's up to the target shooters to be held accountable.

"It's a real shame that we have to put up with this kind of non-sense. If people cannot follow the rules then this area should be off limit to shooting," Mawson said.

If you're caught leaving behind your trash, you could be fined up to $5,000 and up to 6 months in jail.


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