Plea to dog owners arriving for Tour de France

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Dog owners and walkers are being asked to take extra care as they visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park over the next few weeks.

With hundreds of thousands of people expected in the National Park on Saturday to watch the Tour de France Grand Départ, farmers and landowners are urging them to take extra care around wildlife and livestock.

Alan Hulme, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Head of Ranger Services, said dogs can cause long-term damage if they are allowed to run free – and can also put their owners in danger.

“The breeding season for wildlife and for farm animals is still with us and, although dog owners say their pet never chases or attacks sheep and lambs, some do."