AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Police have been asked to patrol a now-closed Central Texas hiking trail meant to protect endangered birds but still favored by humans
The more than 3-mile trail just west of Austin was built by the River Place Municipal Utility District. The original mile-long site was extended in 2009.
The Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday that the extension traverses the city-owned Cortana Nature Preserve. The area has been set aside as habitat for endangered species such as the golden-cheeked warbler.
The city closed the trail extension last year, posted notices and put up surveillance cameras but people continued using the trail. City officials this year barred public use of the entire trail and seek to have trespassers cited.
Critics of the closure want the original mile-long trail opened for public use.