The worsening drought in the southwest has prompted progressively stringent restrictions. All well and good as far as that goes, up to a point. The San Juan National Forest in southwest Colorado has recently enacted stage 3 fire restrictions. This is the absolute closure of the 1.8 million acres to all activity. https://durangoherald.com/articles/...nal-forest-city-of-durango-open-spaces-closed Not to be outdone, the county has banned activities including the discharge of firearms on private property unless in self defense. In the case of the forest service, it is not hazardous or reckless behavior that is prohibited, it is the simple offense of being present. They wont allow you to be there at all. Mandatory appearance in federal court and $5000 fine for walking down the road, fishing the creek, etc. I am not advocating reckless behavior. No one would in these conditions. I do question the assumption that "the greater good" can be used to criminalize normal activity on public and private land. This being done with the assumption that all activities are equally dangerous and deserve equal punishment. If you walk your dog down the trail you are guilty. Shoot at a coyote on your own property, here come the authorities. All are equally criminal for "the greater good".