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Tip of the Day 9/23:Respect the local critters

When hiking through nature,it’s easy to forget that you’re walking through someone’s home. Actually,a lot of someones. All kinds of creatures live where we walk,and not all of them politely get out of our way. Keep in mind this general concept and you’ll be a lot safer and so will the animals.

For instance,in bear country,try to make some noise. Talk amongst the group (or talk to yourself if you’re caching alone,now is not the time to be proud!) or make extra noise with your feet or walking stick. Bears get scary to us when they’re surprised,but they usually move out of people’s way if alerted ahead of time.

In rattlesnake country,never put your hand anywhere you can’t see clearly. If need be,shine a flashlight in that rock outcrop or gently poke a long stick in instead of your hand. If you see something moving,remember,this is a game to us,but it’s survival to them. They won’t think twice about striking anything that invades their living room. Better to leave a cache and DNF it later than worry about how to dial 911 with your good hand where your cell reception is fuzzy.

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