Hiking confrontation reminds everyone to follow the rules

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- As the weather begins to cool down, more and more Valley residents are getting out of the house and enjoying the city’s numerous hiking trails.

With the number of hikers increasing, it’s even more important that people respect the laws and their fellow hikers.

One local woman recently reminded everyone of the importance of obeying the rules and staying respectful.

After a fellow hiker with a video camera confronted the woman about not keeping her dog on its leash, the woman was seen aggressively approaching the man and shoving his camera.

While the woman wasn’t charged with a crime, authorities said the clip, which made its way to YouTube, is a great reminder to follow the rules.

“We don’t want people encountering strange dogs up there,” said park ranger Glenn Ackley. “A lot of people have a fear of dogs, and they don’t know how to react, and it puts them in greater risk because they might trip and fall while trying to run away from the animal.”

Officials say following the rules and using common sense is a great way to keep yourself off YouTube, or the local news.