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Pet Owners Beware: Toxic Algae Bloom Hitting Area Lakes

Dogs playing in water.

MOUNTAIN AREA — Officials across the Golden State are warning that a summer outbreak of toxic blue-green algae in area ponds and lakes could be deadly to dogs and other animals. On its website, the California EPA (CAL EPA) is reporting that on August 14th  water samples taken from Indian Lakes in Madera County tested positive for a potential toxic ...

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How To Keep Your Family Safe During Rattlesnake Season

Close up of rattlesnake face.

Article by Leonard Andrenacci. Summer is rattlesnake season, so try to be aware and extra careful when enjoying the great outdoors. Most of us hike trails, cut firewood, work, and live in the mountains and will eventually run into a snake, and sometimes it will be a rattlesnake. Rattlesnakes, for the most part, are timid creatures and try to stay ...

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Red Cross Offers Online Course And App For Pet First Aid

FRESNO — With pets being valued members of the family, it is more important than ever that families are trained in pet first aid. The American Red Cross offers an online training and app to get owners up to speed. The Cat and Dog First Aid online course and Pet First Aid App are available for pet owners, pet-sitters and ...

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Bear Incidents Drop In Yosemite, Vehicles Still A Big Threat

YOSEMITE — Over the past 20 years, Yosemite National Park officials have achieved notable results in their work to protect bears by reducing the number of incidents between bears and humans. Compared to statistics at this point in 2017 — the lowest year on record — bear incidents in 2018 are down by 50 percent and damage amounts (in dollars) ...

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Mountain Lion In The City Is Focus Of Next Audubon Program

Written by Scarlett Bullock – MARIPOSA – The Yosemite Area Audubon Association (YAAS) invites the public to attend their next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Mariposa. Beth Pratt, California’s Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation, will be presenting a program on how Los Angeles residents embraced living with the ...

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Yosemite Area Audubon Mammal Workshop

AHWAHNEE — Yosemite Area Audubon Society invites the community to attend a free, hands-on Mammal Workshop, covering mammals of the foothills. Topics for discussion during the workshop include: Kinds of mammals present in our area Techniques for sampling small mammals with live traps Setting up camera traps Examining bats and recording their echolocation calls This is a two-part workshop that ...

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May Audubon Program Will Highlight Bird Behaviors

Contributed by Len McKenzie – Birdwatching, or birding, has been soaring in popularity in recent years, becoming one of the fastest-growing pastimes in North America. Among the myriad reasons for its widespread appeal, across demographic as well as geographic boundaries, are the fascinating behaviors birds display in their daily habits, seasonal patterns and social inter-actions. Many of those behaviors, embedded ...

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Time To Watch For Rattlesnakes

CALIFORNIA — As the warm weather returns, humans are not the only species coming out to enjoy the sun. Snakes, too, can be found basking in the sun’s rays. Although most snakes in the state are harmless, the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) reminds the public to steer clear of the venomous rattlesnake and know what to do if ...

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Not Tonight, Deer: UC Master Gardeners’ Free Presentation

By Brian Moore — MARIPOSA — When we moved onto our property in 1999, I planted a garden. I did not use any amendments; the vegetables and flowers were radiant and our harvest abundant. Then came the battles. Along with the insects came moles, gophers, ground squirrels and devastating deer. 18 years into gardening in Mariposa County, we are again ...

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Plan Now For Safe Pet Evacuation In Case Of Fire

MOUNTAIN AREA — When fire leads to evacuation, you may have only minutes to react. Notified via text or phone call, or even by a knock on the door, at that moment, you’re expected to grab and go. Quick — where are your pets? What do they need? A little advance planning will reduce stress and increase your chance of ...

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