Camping Safety: How to Avoid Wild Animal Encounters

first_imgAll it takes is one wrong move in the woods and you could have an unwanted guest at your campsite. Here’s a list of 10 things you can do to keep your family camping trip safe and secure from potentially dangerous animals.1. Eliminate odors from food and suppliesBlack bears roam all over the Blue Ridge Mountains with a population of 300,000 in the U.S. alone, making them a common concern amongst campers. Many established campgrounds throughout the Blue Ridge feature bear resistant trash receptacles to reduce the chances of bears smelling any types of food odors. It’s not only trash that will attract a bear; toiletry items such as toothpaste, soap, lotions, deodorant or bug sprays (especially citronella) should be secured from bears as well. To keep your food, supplies and gear away from bears, there are several different ways to keep them out of a bears reach. You could keep them in a hard-sided vehicle, a certified food storage container, or put it all in a bag and hang it between two trees at least 10 feet from the ground.2.  Stop by the store and grab the basicsStock up your packs with flashlights and bear spray to keep in the tent at night. Flashlights can always be useful to help find things and point you in the right direction when walking at night. The bear spray, on the other hand, is a purchase that you most likely and hopefully will never use but is something worth having for that extra piece of mind when you hear rustling in the woods.3. Get loud!It might seem strange, but being loud will keep many of the furry creatures out of sight. With that said, if you have close-by neighbors, don’t cause a full out ruckus. The sounds of the campfire crackling, voices, and other man-made sounds like car engines usually do the trick in scaring off wildlife.4. Keep pets on leash… alwaysAs much as you may love and trust your pets to stay close by, it’s not worth the risk of letting them roam off on their own. An alternative to always holding the other end of the leash is buying a spiral stake to put in the ground to keep the pup close by while granting him or her a little freedom to roam.5. Be ready for the non-furry threatsWhen it comes to snakes, be particularly careful if  you move logs or brush as most snakes get to moving when their environment is tampered with. If snakes are a high concern of yours in a particular area, consider wearing sturdy boots and gloves when moving such things.6. Keep your distanceMost animals will scare off easily from a far distance. However, in the instance of getting a bit too close to a bear or other animal, you should brush up on what to do in the event that you are in a face-to-face situation. While these circumstances are extraordinarily rare, it is better to be prepared than to make a wrong move.7. Wear different clothes cooking and to bedHave you ever gone to a restaurant and can distinctly smell the food even hours after you’ve left? The same happens in the wilderness. Cooking smells cling to fabric and can attract bears, making the clothes you wore while making dinner not the best pajamas. Store your “cooking clothes” in an airtight bag or container to reduce the risk of any wildlife catching a whiff.8. Keep it cleanYour campsite, that is. Continuously making an effort to scrub pots and pans and picking up trash throughout the day’s adventures will work wonders in making it less of a task to keep your site pest free.9. Consider a bear proof cooler, especially for car campingDefinitely not necessary, but it is a precaution that might be suitable for some. If your cooler is on its last leg and you are looking for an upgrade, there are always certified bear tested coolers that are sure to keep your food and beverages cold and the bears locked out.10. Know the area you are inOne of the sharpest tools you can have up against wildlife is knowledge and familiarity with the woods you will be setting up camp in. For information on the wildlife in the area, you can seek out tips from the local park ranger or wildlife official.Getting outdoors for a camping adventure is an enjoyable, freeing experience that is almost never dangerous, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to be prepared in the event of an unlikely guest.last_img read more

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J.J. Redick’s patience paid off in second half of Clippers victory

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Turnover CityFor 2 hours and 43 minutes Monday, H-Town was Turnover City. The Rockets committed 23 turnovers to the Clippers’ 21. Clippers sixth-man Jamal Crawford handled the ball more than usual because of the absence of Paul, whose starting spot was taken by Austin Rivers. Crawford had six turnovers in just over 16 minutes in the first half.He had none in just about another 16 minutes of the second half.“We weren’t playing well, honestly,” Crawford said of the first half. “We thought they played well, but we turned the ball over too much, me specifically. They trapped me a lot and I hadn’t seen that too much, so I had to adjust in the second half.“I promised my teammates and coach I wouldn’t get anymore.”Perhaps Crawford shouldn’t feel too badly. The Rockets’ James Harden had nine turnovers on the day it was announced he finished second to Golden State’s Steph Curry in the MVP voting.Rockets lacking energyClippers coach Doc Rivers said before tip-off Monday he was glad his team had been playing so recently; the Clippers’ Game 7 victory over San Antonio in the first round was just two days earlier. The Rockets, meanwhile, had gone five days without a game.Houston coach Kevin McHale refused to use that as a reason Monday.“No, there’s no excuses,” he said. “They played better than we did. There’s no excuses. No, no, they came out and they wanted it more. I’d like to tell you something different, but they wanted it more.”Forward Josh Smith could not argue with his coach.“Came out very lethargic,” said Smith, whose team had a 13-point lead in the second quarter. “We acted like this wasn’t a playoff game with the energy level and that’s really discouraging being able to play against a really competitive team.”He admitted his team let one get away against a team missing one of its two top players in Paul.“I think so,” he said. “… This is a game where the head of the snake is gone for them and we didn’t take full advantage of it.” HOUSTON — There were a lot of reasons why the Clippers went into Toyota Center on Monday and defeated the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series without Chris Paul, who is 50-50 for Game 2 on Wednesday.J.J. Redick was one of them. After going scoreless in the first half, he scored 17 in the second en route to a 117-101 victory.“Being patient and waiting for good shots,” he said of the difference in the halves. “I probably forced one there in the first half.”Of course, Redick had only four field-goal attempts in that first half. He had nine in the second, making six.center_img “Part of getting shots is figuring out how the defense is playing you,” Redick said. “In the first half, I was kind of watching and seeing how they were playing. I felt like in the first half they kept putting two guys on Jamal (Crawford) and not coming off me in the corner.“That kind of allowed Blake (Griffin) to be a quarterback right there in the middle and he continued to do that, and that was a big reason he had 13 assists. For me, I was fine with that, and in the third quarter I got going a little bit.”Redick seemed to wear a look of frustration during his struggles. He missed his first shot of the third quarter, then committed one of his four turnovers. Finally, he made a 24-foot 3-pointer with 8:21 left in the quarter. His sense of relief appeared obvious.“When you score and see one go through, it feels good and it really gets you going,” he said.Redick scored 12 of his points in the third quarter, during which the Clippers outscored the Rockets 37-27.last_img read more

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