Camping & Mountain Lions

Camping in areas with mountain lions can be a thrilling and memorable experience. Still, it is essential to take certain precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of these majestic creatures. Here are some tips for camping in mountain lion territory:

  1. Make noise: Mountain lions are generally shy animals and usually avoid confrontations with humans. By making noise as you hike and camp, you can help deter them from approaching you. Singing, talking loudly, or using a whistle can all be effective ways to let mountain lions know you are in the area.
  2. Keep your campsite clean: Mountain lions are attracted to the smell of food, so it is crucial to keep your camp clean and free of food scraps or garbage. Store all food and cooking equipment in bear-proof containers or hang them high up in trees to keep them out of reach of mountain lions.
  3. Stay in groups: Mountain lions are less likely to attack groups of people than individuals. So if you are camping with a group, stick together and avoid hiking alone.
  4. Stay alert: Keep an eye out for any signs of mountain lion activity, such as tracks, scat, or prey carcasses. If you see any of these signs, be extra cautious and consider changing your camping location.
  5. Know what to do if you encounter a mountain lion: If you come face to face with a mountain lion, stay calm and do not run. Running may trigger the mountain lion’s predatory instincts. Instead, make yourself look as large as possible by raising your arms and spreading your coat or jacket. Make noise and try to scare the mountain lion away by shouting or making other loud noises. If the mountain lion does not retreat, use any weapons (such as bear spray or a sturdy stick) to defend yourself.

Following these tips, you can enjoy a safe and enjoyable camping trip in mountain lion territory. Remember, mountain lions are a vital part of the ecosystem, and we must respect their space and behavior.

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Pets For Hope

Pets bring such joy into our lives. If you currently don’t have a pet or have never had a pet. This article is for you.

For many years I shied away from having a pet. To much trouble, mess and whatever other excuse I could muster up. Like with all things in our lives timing and reason will intervene. Along came Glitzy.adopt a pet, pet, dog

In times when life is stressful or difficult, I can always come home to a wagging tail, tons of kisses and sweet barks welcoming me back. She is still ready to provide comfort, love, and companionship no matter what. She can pull me out of a dark place just because she wants to play. Throw her toys or bark at me for treats.

Sometimes we all need a distraction from life. I can tell you without reservation that a pet brings such joy into a home. Adopting a pet is such a blessing to the animal and your family. Dogs seem to know somehow when they get home and start getting a sense that they’re back. It’s as though they somehow know you saved them from the life in the shelter. Don’t get me wrong shelters have amazing folks caring for the animals. Like humans, dogs need a den, a home that is safe. You become a part of the pack.

After a time dogs will bond with you as nothing else compares with the love a dog. All they want is a pet, a hug and a cuddle. In Glitzy’s case throw in a couple of treats as well.

Having something to care for is a responsibility. So please before you get a pet make sure you’re willing to take care of, keep safe, warm, and pet veterinary care. Pets need heartworm medicine, vaccinations, and routine care for illness. Make sure you can budget for these things. It’s not fair to a pet to suffer because we did not think about monetary consideration.

Research the right pet for you or your family. Take a look at breeds for things such as hyperactivity. Water dogs need to exercise and play a lot this is just one example. All races have something that requires your particular attention. Hyper dogs for instance that need lots of exercises to burn off energy. If you live in a small apartment, this could be a recipe for disaster. Torn up clothes, furniture and all sorts of not so fun things to come home to find. So be sure you read the temperament of a breed before you just get that dog.

Adopting dogs, you can not go wrong. Having passed two myself. I can tell you from real experience they were the sweetest dogs. Anyone who has taken a pet says the same thing. They feel like the animal knows you saved them. It’s a unique bond for sure


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