In Carbondale, where warm weather seems to have also arrived with naked men, the sheriff wants you to know that's no reason not to go hiking.
Reports of naked, trail-running men have increased in the area since 2008, according to a Garfield County Sheriff's Office statement released earlier in May.
At a press conference yesterday, however, Sheriff Lou Vallario stated the naked men shouldn't deter outdoor enthusiasts from going about their business as usual.
"Be a little more aware, take some precautions... but you need to do what you enjoy in life,” said Sheriff Vallario in a Grand Junction Sentinel article.
According to Vallario, the sheriff's office has deployed plain-clothed agents to patrol trails, in an assignment that's surely the envy of desk-workers everywhere.
Specific incidents, according to the sheriff, include:
The press release continues, "As we continue to review and investigate similar sightings in the Carbondale area, The Garfield County Sheriff’s office is asking citizens to be vigilant with their safety and report any suspicious occurrences immediately... Do not put your safety in jeopardy, call 9-1-1 immediately."
According to the Grand Junction Sentinel, the sheriff’s department has responded 11 similar reports on the same three trails dating back to 2008.