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#1 MarkM

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 07:20 PM

Hi everyone,

 

Apologies in advance if this topic is repetitive.  There was some discussion in a thread not too long ago, but I can't find it.

 

I watched a recent Thomas Heaton video about "fear of..." which included attacks from animals, from people (!) and other mishaps that landscape photographers might encounter.  He said there really aren't that many dangerous animals in England, so he didn't have any comment about wild animals.  (Injury while out alone is his biggest concern.)

 

In Southern California we have mountain lions in some of the more isolated locations.  Spottings are rare, and stories of encounters are even more rare.  Yet, I've not yet been able to convince myself to be out on a mountain road/trail, alone, in the dark hour before sunrise or after sunset.  Some mountain access points are closed from sunset to sunrise, in part because that is when they roam. 

 

A local photo club might be the answer for me...safety in numbers! 

 

Any suggestions or stories about wild animal encounters?  Perhaps you have bears in your area?  

 

Thanks!

 



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:49 PM

http://www.mountainl...ectstaysafe.asp


 

Mark, maybe this will be helpful.



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 11:18 PM

Doug,
That's a great website. Very helpful.
Thanks a lot!
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 05:52 PM

Last year, I went on a 3-day solo backpacking trip through the Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park. The parkland contains the largest density population of black bears in the country (probably the whole world). As it happens I did briefly encounter a bear. It was probably around 20 yards off of the trail, and I only got one look at it. Once it detected my presence I think it decided to quickly leave, since I didn't see or hear it again.






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