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DNR urges caution after local park injuries

Posted by wlpo on May 3, 2015

Illinois conservation officials are cautioning hikers to stay on marked trails after 3 hikers fell in or near Starved Rock State Park in recent weeks. Officials say all 3 moved off marked paths and climbed sandstone walls before falling and needing rescue.

Illinois Conservation Police Officer Phil Wire is among 4 conservation officers stationed in LaSalle County. He says the area is comprised of St. Peter sandstone, which looks solid but actually is fragile and can crumble under a person’s feet.

Officials warn that hiking off-trail not only is dangerous, but can also be costly. The Chicago Tribune reports that people who are retrieved by rescue crews at Starved Rock could receive a bill for emergency services and perhaps face citations for entering a restricted area.

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