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Shooting banned in popular experimental forest

By The Associated Press
Published On: Sep 29 2013 10:19:33 AM MDT
US FOREST SERVICE
KALISPELL, Mont. -

The U.S. Forest Service has banned recreational sport shooting in the Coram Experimental Forest due to public safety concerns.
    
The Daily Inter Lake reports (http://bit.ly/16690b9) the ban includes the discharge of firearms, air rifles and gas guns.
    
The shooting ban does not apply to legal hunting activities.
    
The Coram Experimental Forest is a research and recreation area in the Hungry Horse Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest.
    
Officials say the experimental forest is a high-use area that draws hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and off-highway vehicles. It's also a study area for researchers.
    
Overnight camping, campfires and firewood cutting are also banned in the experimental forest.