CANYON CITY - With the hunting season in full swing, Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer reports calls for service have multiplied.
Palmer said in particular, the department has received numerous complaints of trespassing on private property.
"Our county has been the host to a huge population of citizens who have come here to hunt," Palmer said. "Unfortunately, there is a certain population of hunters, including local residents, who fail or refuse to acknowledge the rights of private property owners within Grant County. As the sheriff, I am obligated to assist landowners in resolving their issues with trespassers."
Palmer is asking landowners who have trespass issues to obtain vehicle license numbers as well as the physical description of violators, and report the information to the Grant County Sheriff's Office.
"With the continuing problem of trespassing and the recent increase in complaints, ranchers have expressed frustration with the legal system," Palmer said. "Ranchers have come to a point that they are wanting to take matters into their own hands. Ranchers are stating that they will make citizen's arrests and physically restrain violators if caught on their lands. I would rather not see citizens taking measures that may put themselves in harms way or escalating an incident where people are likely to be injured."
Because of requests from property owners who have a zero tolerance for trespassing, Palmer said: "For those who are caught trespassing, be prepared to go to jail. Your firearm will also be subjected to seizure."