A Paradise, California man claims he was attacked by a mountain lion and saved by a mother bear, and that he played patty-cake with the bear’s cub on an earlier occasion. Robert Biggs Claims a Mountain Lion Attack… The story about Robert Biggs, age 69, broke in Tuesday’s Paradise Post piece: He wrestled with the […]
No, I can’t post the picture of Wolf OR7 here because I don’t have permission to use the copyrighted photo, although I’m working on it. But you can see the photo and read all about how it was taken in this article by journalist Mark Freeman in the Medford Mail Tribune.
Biologists confirmed that a single gray wolf crossed into California’s Siskiyou County from Oregon, the first confirmed wolf presence in the state since the last known wolf was killed in Lassen County in 1924. There have been unconfirmed reports of wolves in California’s Modoc County. Here are details from the California Department of Fish and […]
If you’re out hiking, and you see deer running fast, could they be running from a bear or a mountain lion? Mountain Lions and Bears on Shasta-Trinity National Forest I’ve seen several bears this summer, most recently near Chipmunk Lake below the Pacific Crest Trail in Shasta-Trinity National Forest. I also wonder if I was […]
With the longer days of late spring, I’ve been taking dawn walks down to the shore of Lake Shastina with my morning coffee. Recently, as I stood watching the lake, the birds, and the mountains, I was struck by all the different wildlife I could hear at one time: Canada goose Mallard Gull Redwing blackbird […]
This trail cam photo of eight mountain lions — also called cougars or pumas — gathered in the night comes courtesy of Randy, a hunter in Douglas County, Washington, who had set up the camera on private land with permission of the owner. Two or More Mountain Lions Together Seeing more than two or three […]
The Warner Mountains and the Surprise Valley are one of my favorite hidden gems of far northern California. Hike 46, “Patterson Lake and Squaw Peak,” in my 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California explores the high reaches of the South Warner Mountains and is one of my all-time favorite hiking trails. Wolves in California’s Modoc […]
My sweet golden retriever Molly passed away recently at the age of 14 after a brief decline. I really miss her. Molly was born on the north shore of Kauai in 1996 and spent her first two years there. I taught her to swim in the Kilauea River, and she quickly graduated to fetching sticks […]
Northern California outdoors photographer Ken DeCamp pointed me to this hilarious video about how to survive a bear attack. Enjoy!
Many dogs totally freak when they hear fireworks. (My golden Molly is mostly deaf now, and we live in a rural area with little of the explosiveness of most locations in America today, so it’s not a major concern for me now, but it has been in the past when she was younger and we […]
Many hikers are justifiably concerned about encountering a mountain lion on or near the trail. Accepted wisdom says you should stand your ground and appear threatening to the mountain lion. But a new study from UC Davis (Go Aggies!) researchers says you may be better off to turn tail and run like hell. Hiker – […]
Ano Nuevo State Natural Reserve is a treasure for its Northern Elephant Seals and its hiking trails. I’ve had Dave Miller’s exquisite Bay Area Outdoors blog in my RSS feed for several months, and I love his well-written descriptions of his Bay Area travels. But I’m absolutely crazy for the many, many exquisite photos he […]
We rarely hear about coyotes attacking humans, but one recently attacked a young girl. Luckily, her dog saved her. Regular readers of the Northern California Hiking Trails blog know that I love dogs and spend a lot of time outdoors with my golden retriever Molly. Dog Saves Girl from Coyote Attack I just read about […]
Northern California hikers and travelers know that our part of the world has a lot of hot springs, some we hike to and some we drive to. Well, Japan also has some great hot springs, and it also has Japanese snow monkeys that love nothing better than to stave off the winter chill by soaking […]
I wrote about our pal Little Smokey the Bear last month. He’s the cub who was injured in the wildfires on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest last summer and has been in rehab under the loving attention of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. Well, good things are still happening for the now not-so-little guy: Li’l Smokey is […]