"There's certainly an uptick. There's rangers that we've had out in the field who have been working here for 10, 15 years that have contacted more people out prospecting in the past 18 months than they have in their entire career," Dan Rieves, visitor services manager for Larimer County, said.
The word "minerals" would get added to a list already in regulations for what can't be taken from county lands.
"We're really just trying to put that regulatory structure in place, and kind of slow things down," Rieves said.
He said the county might designate specific days or areas in the future for prospecting. Larimer County is not anti-prospecting, Rieves said.
Recreational prospectors like Darrell Koleber say the potential ban is uncalled for.
"There are other issues that the county commissioners, I feel, should be devoting their efforts to," Koleber said.
He says he doesn't pan for gold in Larimer County since it's basically pointless, but he wants the right to do so.
"What are you going to do, ban something that doesn't exist?" Koleber said.
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