The search for a man who was recorded illegally riding a dirt bike along Shelton\u2019s walking trails has ended after a person who read an article on SheltonHerald.com alerted the police of his identity, according to the city\u2019s natural resource manager and member of the Conservation Commission Teresa Gallagher. According to Gallagher, the Shelton Police followed up on the reader\u2019s tip and issued the rider a fine. She said it\u2019s important for residents and riders alike to know that all riding of ATVs and dirt bikes is illegal, unless it is on their own property or they\u2019re in possession of written permission. Gallagher said the person who filmed the latest rider on the trail wished to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation. Before the man was caught, Gallagher explained that this incident is the most recent to have been reported after a summer filled with similar complaints filed by community members. \u201cWe\u2019ve had issues with ATVs and dirt bike issues since the trails were first formed, but it does seem that this particular summer there were a lot more complaints received both by people walking the trails and the neighbors,\u201d said Gallagher. Within the last few months, there have been noise complaints and one case of a dirt bike rider accidentally trespassing on a resident\u2019s driveway because the rider thought it was a part of the walking trails late at night. \u201cWe like to be good neighbors and we don\u2019t want people to use the trails in order to disturb other neighbors. It\u2019s not right,\u201d said Gallagher. The trail\u2019s entrance has signs stating that ATV and dirt bike riding along the trails is prohibited, and Gallagher said she doesn\u2019t feel the need to add more because of state law enforcing that rule. She said the trail has sustained minor damage as a result of riders, nothing substantial but enough to raise concerns for some of the city\u2019s avid trail walkers. \u201cThere hasn\u2019t been enough usage to make a huge difference, but they kick out the gravel\u2026 We want them to have a very slow surface and we paid a lot of money to have it graded out and smoothed out,\u201d she said. \u201cThis particular section the rider was on was just smoothed out last year, and I could see where he created a little divot. Some of the rec path walkers can be elderly and therefore have less balance, which could cause a problem.\u201d Gallagher said there\u2019s obviously no way to keep track of all the people illegally riding on the city\u2019s walking trails, but she was surprised to learn both children and adults are doing it. \u201cSomebody I saw on the Paugussett Trail riding about a year ago was clearly in his 40s,\u201d said Gallagher. \u201cI could see the bald spot on the top of his head from a distance.\u201d \u201cThe whole point of the rec path is to get away from having to worry about motorized vehicles,\u201d said Gallagher. People are encouraged to not risk their own safety but to get a description of the bike and the rider in order to notify Shelton police.