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Volunteers brave winter-like weather to scoop poop

Published On: Apr 13 2013 08:27:39 PM MDT   Updated On: Apr 13 2013 08:33:42 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Their reason is simple.

"We want to keep this place beautiful- smelling nice, looking nice."

Despite ominous weather looming on the horizon, Clara Maseman and her sister Nina are spending their Saturday morning scooping up poop.

"It's kind of fun," says Nina Maseman.
"Yeah? Is there a lot of poop?" I asked.
"Yes." She replied.

In just an hour, the two- with the help of their grandmother- filled two garbage bags full of dog poop. Nina tells me she doesn't think twice about cleaning up after her own dog but organizers say folks like Nina aren't the problem.

"These dog owners who showed up today are probably not the dog owners who are responsible for the poop up there and we just ask those dog owners to please be responsible so that we don't have to do this year after year so, this wonderful resource can be dog waste free," says coordinator and Run Dog Run Co-Founder Terry Cunningham.

Rene Gibbs says she loves bringing her shepard mix to the hill and tells me she doesn't mind cleaning up after other dog owners.

"It happens. You come up here, you turn your back for a second and your dog poops and some people aren't as careful so, the rest of us have to look out for them," explains Gibbs.

In fact, Gibbs tells me the poop scoop is an opportunity to get outside and share time with like-minded people.

"I think it's fun- the camaraderie...I'm kind of competitive so, I like to see how much poop I can pick up," says Gibbs.

The weather may have taken a turn for the worse, but close to 40 volunteers still managed to scoop up over 20 bags full of dog poop.

Folks with Run Dog Run coordinated the event. It's a group dedicated to preserving off-leash facilities in the Bozeman community.