9 snowmobilers cited around Lake Tahoe
RENO, Nev. – The U.S. Forest Service says nine snowmobilers have been cited on suspicion of driving in closed areas south of Lake Tahoe in recent weeks.
Five snowmobilers were cited Feb. 25 after they were allegedly caught riding in California’s Mokelumne Wilderness, where motorized vehicles are prohibited.
Four other snowmobilers were cited March 2 after they were accused of riding in Tahoe’s Freel Peak-High Meadows area.
Forest Service spokeswoman Cheva Heck says she can’t recall so many citations being issued to snowmobilers in such a short period of time.
She told the Reno Gazette-Journal that such closures are designed to protect natural resources and to reduce conflicts between snowmobilers and other recreation users.
All nine snowmobilers, residents of the Minden area or South Lake Tahoe, Calif., must appear before a federal magistrate.