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Plans are in the works to temporarily ban certain pets from Denali National Park and Preserve after a local resident was cited for hiking on park trails with his pet goat this summer.

Park Superintendent Don Striker said domestic goats pose a significant disease risk to Denali's Dall sheep population. He says he is planning to implement a temporary closure barring access to pet goats, and to bring the issue up at an official hearing, likely next year.

He tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner temporary closures can last anywhere from 30 days to a couple of years.

Corey Furrow, the Anderson resident cited for hiking with his pet goat, said he understands the park's need to protect Dall sheep. But he said his animal was on a leash.