California Residents: Two Important Wildlife Bills

California Residents: Two Important Wildlife Bills

Two important bills – #1221 which prohibits the use of hounds to chase bears and bobcats and #1480, which protects wildlife (plus family pets) from cruel traps – are on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.  He has had them a week and has until the end of September to sign them or veto them.

It’s time to call, write, fax or email. [Read more...]

Some Truths about Rattlesnakes (and myth debunking…..)

Some Truths about Rattlesnakes (and myth debunking…..)

Acquaintances of ours were over at our house the other night and when they asked if we wanted to see a photo of the rattlesnake they found on their property,  I thought to myself  ‘they probably killed it.’ Yep, they did. It was a good 4-plus feet long, so likely had lived many years of its 25 year lifespan in the wild canyon that is off one side of their property.

While I’ve encountered few rattlesnakes on my various hikes, we have encountered over a half dozen on the 3 acre canyon property we lived on in San Diego County.

Except for the concern for our dog, we didn’t mind them around because: [Read more...]