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Group Says Things Were Rowdy at Little Sahara

Group Says Things Were Rowdy at Little Sahara

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- It's a popular area for Easter off-highway vehicle fun, but did things get out of control last month at the Little Sahara sand dunes?

That's what one environmental group is saying. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility says a federal law enforcement report describes near riot conditions two nights over the April 6-8 weekend.

Bureau of Land Management and law enforcement officials don't dispute the report. It describes two incidents during the Easter weekend that each involved up to 1,000 people, took several hours to get under control and resulted in the removal of about 200 people.

Sherry Hirst is the manager for the BLM's Fillmore Field Office. She says the incidents did go beyond the usual holiday problems. But she says they've been blown out of proportion and the more family friendly camping areas were unaffected.

An estimated 35,000 people visited the recreation area in Juab County over Easter.

------ Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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