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The Black Hills National Forest is considering closing off a target practice site in response to extensive littering.

The site, near the Reuter Campground in the Bearlodge Ranger District, is "slowly turning into a dump site," the Forest Service claims.

"Over the past several months, garbage, including a refrigerator, loads of cans and bottles (and) cardboard and wooden boxes, have been dumped at this site," said Jeanette Timm, a recreation specialist with the Bearlodge Ranger District, in a statement. "As a result, we are re-evaluating allowing motorized access to this site."

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Dumping is prohibited in the Black Hills National Forest and can result in a fine of between $100 and $500.

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Timm said Forest Service crews had to collect the garbage and take it to the city dump.

"We are asking the public to take responsibility to help maintain a clean Forest and take their trash with them when they leave the Forest otherwise the area will be closed," she said.

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