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#109291 - 11/28/10 09:27 PM Re: Effectiveness of Bear Bells? [Re: Kayla's Dad]
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There was actually an article in the SF Chronicle today (Sunday) in the Insight section about Mountain Lions in the Bay Area.
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#109405 - 11/29/10 01:57 AM Re: Effectiveness of Bear Bells? [Re: mspiker03]
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I found the article very interesting. Thanks for mentioning it.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/11/28/INF91GAE32.DTL
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#111414 - 12/04/10 09:58 PM Re: Effectiveness of Bear Bells? [Re: DianaB]
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well, my thoughts are that maybe if there are alot of deer or geese right exactly where i am , that a cougar is not ar0und?? man oh man,i walk in the park right above port costa alot. i have to say though, there is a sign right at the trailhead saying that there have been sightings so i guess a dead one on the tracks shouldnt be shocking...

i was surprised that we have otters in our little park lake...
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#112610 - 12/08/10 12:41 AM Re: Effectiveness of Bear Bells? [Re: Schnickle Fritz]
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Sorry, I've been away from this thread. I'm not sure what the right way to do this is. I am going to empower myself and at least talk to the ranger and get those recommendations. All these parks join at one point, it seems, and I just suspect we don't see half of what is going on.

I learned a bit more from an email that Woody's owner wrote about what conditions were like the morning Woody was attacked. I think it is good information for anyone hiking in the East Bay (or anywhere like this) to consider:

She wrote: "I have tried to be in touch with those who hike in Garin after several discussions with the rangers. There have been multiple sightings of the bigger cats in the last few months, even at Jordan pond.

The rangers would only have dogs off leash on nice sunny days when there are lots of people out. Mid morning to 4pm or so and on the trails where you have clear view on all sides which is tough sometimes.

The cats and coyotes follow the deer and they tend to be in the wooded area on the ridge trail where woody was killed. I have hiked in those skinny trails off the ridge above tamarack hundreds of times and never seen anything but that particular day it was raining and was the Sunday morning of the time change and at 8 am the animals were still hunting and no one was on the trail. I did see deer in there later when i was searching for woody's remains.

Rangers suggest walking with someone else as well. One of the rangers had a border collie who did the same thing - ran into a wooded area and was killed though they did find his remains up near the water tank.

I saw a very good warning poster about the dangers of dogs being off leash in certain areas at the Walnut Creek wide open space and that several dogs had been lost to coyotes. The rangers at Garin seem receptive to working with me on something similar so hopefully that will be woody's legacy.

I know in my heart he saved Harley's life and i doubt there will be a day i don't think of him for the rest of my life."
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#120810 - 01/05/11 10:41 AM Re: Effectiveness of Bear Bells? [Re: DianaB]
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i just saw on the news a mountain lion was spotted in the san mataeo area...
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#120845 - 01/05/11 12:26 PM Re: Effectiveness of Bear Bells? [Re: Schnickle Fritz]
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I'm new on the board, so I know I'm jumping on an older thread, but we spend every weekend while it's reasonably warm enough (read not freezing, so May - end of Sept, beginning of Oct) camping in black bear, grizzly and cougar country. Kokoda always wore a bear bell, and we also carry bear bangers. The one time that we didn't have the bear banger outside, we had a bear running right up to our trailer and Kokoda took off after it (heart attack!!) and ran it off and came back right away. Do you guys have bear bangers down there? They are basically a pencil sized flare launcher that makes a very loud bang and you shoot the flare directly at the bear. They work really well for scaring off wildlife.
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#120931 - 01/05/11 06:15 PM Re: Effectiveness of Bear Bells? [Re: Liv]
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i have never heard of bear bangers, but i am sure going to find out if we have them!!!
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