something very disturbing happened during a ride at wilderness parks on monday afternoon (12/17/07)...at approximately 4:45pm just as i was about to hit heartbreak ridge shots rang out...lots of them (>2 dozen)...it sounded like they could have been coming from somewhere around the power lines area...(i have sufficient experience with firearms to feel reasonably confident that that's what these sounds were)...since it was cold as a** there weren't too many folks out...saw several other cars in the "hole in the fence" lot when i arrived...the only person that i saw was a fellow swamper who passed by me just past the trail head then quickly disappeared (~4:20pm).
the 5 or so minutes of shooting was very scary because there was no way to tell what direction the shots were being fired...it may have been my imagination, but it sounded to me as though several of the rounds sailed through the trees...the shooting stopped just as my 911 call ended...a nearby deputy called me back several minutes later, then left to investigate a pair of hikers returning to the parking area...he called back to tell me that he was going to check out the area on an atv...never heard back from him, though.
as i trekked (fishered?) along heartbreak ridge an upsetting thought came to mind...i started wondering if one of our frustrated club members had decided to take matters into his own hands by removing some of the trail-damaging hogs himself...i did notice LOTS of new trail damage just since yesterday & i heard several hogs in the bushes during my ride... i certainly hope that wasn't the case because whoever did the shooting put my life at risk in addition to any others who may have been innocently using the trails at the same time that the effing idiot was discharging a deadly weapon out there...keep a sharp eye out for suspicious activity and report any concerns to the proper authorities...IMO anyone thoughtless enough to do something like this deserves to go straight to jail...everyone PLEASE be extra careful out there now!
>>>the WORST part of all was that this event cut short my very frigid ride!<<<