U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Dumont Dunes Halloween patrol a success thanks to K9 Tessa
The Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle area is a fee area managed by the Barstow Field Office (BAFO) that sees heavy usage during holiday weekends in the fall and winter months. Approximately 8,200 people visited Dumont Dunes over the Halloween weekend. Due to the high visitation, the BAFO Law Enforcement staff conducted an enhanced patrol of the Dumont Dunes area.
In addition to her law enforcement work, Tessa was a great ambassador for the BLM throughout the weekend. The overall interest in Tessa was tremendous and the public response was extremely positive. Whether she was performing a vehicle sniff, on foot patrol, or just enjoying some down time, the public always took notice of Tessa. Many people stopped to take photos of Tessa or to ask questions about Tessa and her duties. The largest crowd of the day stopped to watch when BAFO Chief Ranger Chassie put on the “bite suit” for Tessa to get in some training.
The BAFO has recognized the benefit of having a K9 in its mission attributes and has a long-term goal to obtain a K9 for the Field office. The BAFO Law Enforcement staff is responsible for providing patrol and enforcement activities in three OHV open areas: Johnson Valley, Stoddard and Razor OHV areas; and in two fee-collection areas: El Mirage and Dumont Dunes. The total public land visitation for BAFO in FY 2012 was approximately 2 million persons. As shown by Tessa’s performance and positive public perception, a K9 would be a great fit in the BAFO.
Special thanks to the Lake Havasu (Arizona) Field Office and OLES Chief Ranger Jason Caffey for allowing Tessa to work with the Barstow Rangers at Dumont.
- Patrick Chassie, Chief Ranger, BLM Barstow Field Office (November 1, 2012)