Forest Service bans shooting in Mount Herman area near Monument

MONUMENT, Colo. - The U.S. Forest Service has banned recreational shooting on a strip of land between Monument and Woodland Park.

The Gazette reports that the supervisor of the Pike and San Isabel national forests, Erin Connelly, signed the order closing the 15-square-mile Mount Herman area Monday, citing safety concerns. Hunting will still be allowed.

Connelly some people have reported bullets whizzing past them in the area, which is also popular with hikers, cyclists and off-road drivers.

The closure comes as Arapaho National Forest officials consider limiting recreational shooting to designated areas along much of the Front Range and Interstate 70 corridor.

Connelly says the Mount Herman closure isn't related to that.

The president of the Colorado State Shooting Association says it's not right to punish everyone for some "alleged" unsafe shooters.

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