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Ark Animal Tracks May/June 2008

Diana L. Guerrero’s Ark Animal Tracks: May-June 2008

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Volume 6, Number 5/6

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May/June News & Tips

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IN THIS ISSUE

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1. Tales from the Trips (Latest News)

2. Discussion for the Month:

3. Critter Chronicles

4. Schedule of Upcoming Events & Appearances

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1. Tales from the Trips (Latest News)

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Okay, I didn’t fall off the face of the earth but I bet you are wondering just what is up.

The good news is that I am recovering but I don’t have a lot of energy at the moment as I am on the mend from Adrenal Fatigue. I wrote a little bit about it on the blog but the orders are to take it easy and relax—which for some reason has been a challenge.

Anyway, I am combing the May/June newsletter and it is going to be brief. So bear with me. I anticipate being a bit more of myself within 60-90 days if all goes well.

Cross your fingers that it is faster than that.

In the meantime, if you want to leave any feedback, or questions, please comment on the blog.

Until next month or next blog post…

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2. Discussion for the Month

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This month we began filming some segments for the Unusual Animal Career series and Pet Parenting School. I hope to have some of it edited an up within a month or so.

Except for that, I have not been doing much. Reading, resting, and kayaking is about all that I can handle.

However I have to say that one of the last cases I saw was a disappointment. Believe it or not, I hate it when my clients choose not to follow the prescribed program to alter behavior.

They pay me the same either way but since I am in my career because it is a passion—I get more happiness when I see that they are successful.

Recently a veterinarian I met said, “It isn’t a price issue—it is a convenience issue.”

Although she was referring to people feeding quality food over junk food, it also applies to my behavior modification and therapy practice.

People often do not want to change their habits. They don’t like this discomfort. It is not convenient because it takes effort.

In this case, the client did not want to make their dog uncomfortable—since it was an aggression case—I really don’t understand.

They said they wanted to change the behavior—but then they are not working the program.

Once I had a case that I hoped would be solved in six to eight weeks. The people did not want to do the work BUT they did some of it. Wouldn’t you know it, they called me six months later to say that all was well and they were thrilled.

Personally, I didn’t understand why they wouldn’t want to solve their problems in a shorter amount of time—but they were happy and so I was too.

Anyway, the convenience and habit issues are some of the main reasons I want to get the Pet Parenting School off the ground this year.

If people got off on the right foot (or paw as the case may be) it would eliminate many behavioral issues down the road and make for a peaceable kingdom in the home and in public.

At least that is what I’d like to see! How about you?

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3. Critter Chronicles

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The weather finally began to warm up—and then it snowed today!

Although it might sound strange to you, it isn’t anything significant or to worry about in our neck of the woods. In fact, we need the precipitation and so are glad to have it.

However, I am sure some of the business owners are worried about what it might do to the tourist traffic for the Memorial Day weekend.

As for me, I was really happy it warmed up. Every morning I amble down to the marina to hop into a kayak and paddle out to see what is new.

This week the carp began spawning. Actually, it is more like an orgy. If you have not ever checked out the Fawnskin Flyer check out the video I shot from the kayak and you can see what I mean.

The pelicans are gone but the geese, mallards, wood ducks, coots, and other waterfowl are active.

Funny, I needed a doctor’s order to get out to kayak but I think it is going to be a habit that won’t take much nudging for the rest of the summer!

One of the reasons it is so interesting is that things change drastically on a daily basis. Sometimes there are ospreys or maybe an eagle flying overhead. Then there is a constant change in the lake itself.

On the shore things have been interesting since the bears and a few predators have decided to live in closer proximity than usual.

If you haven’t read the living with bear tips I put up on the blog—go there now: http://www.arkanimals.com

In the meantime, let me know if there are any other topics you want me to discuss. I will get to them!

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4. Schedule of Upcoming Events & Appearances

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My calendar is now live online. I am not scheduling much at the moment during recovery but you can access it at http://www.arkanimals.com/calendar/

Teleseminar Sign up: http://tinyurl.com/yukf8d

If you would like an animal behavior or training appointment just call (800) 818-7387 or you can book an appointment online. Don’t forget that I also do phone consultations.

Thanks for your continued support and suggestions

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Have a great month and stay tuned!

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Black Bear Basics: Preventing Problems

Above: Photo taken of a bear in a tree in the town of Fawnskin, California. See more bear pictures here.

Locals have nicknamed one of the bears that has moved into town to dine on the garbage left out for pick up on Wednesday night, “Yogi.” One email said he was on his way to a “picca nicca”–aka trash digging.

But the problem is that some people might really think the local bears are Yogi Bear or Boo Boo–wrong–they are wild animals.

Since the wildfires last summer, the sightings of wildlife has increased significantly. Not only did one of my neighbors see a cougar jump off her roof but another a few miles down the road glimpsed “the beast of Big Bear” ambling down her road during the late morning hours.

Up the road, the bear garbage gourmet has learned how to pop off the locking lids of “bear proof” trash cans.

Although people might like the wildllife viewing, for the welfare of the furry freeloader it is best to always follow the following tips if you live in or near bear country:

  • Rinse food cans and wrappers before disposal. Keep garbage cans clean and deodorize them periodically.
  • Don’t leave trash, groceries or animal feed in your car.
  • Place trash cans at the curb on collection day rather than the night before. If trash must be kept outside, invest in a bear-proof garbage cage or keep inside your garage or shed.
  • Harvest fruit off trees as soon as it is ripe, and promptly collect fruit that falls.
  • Only provide bird feeders outside during the coldest months of the year—generally November through March—and always hang feeders so they are inaccessible to bears.
  • Plant your garden in the open, away from cover.
  • Don’t keep an open compost pile, especially one in which household leftovers are dumped. Burying compost is also not advisable, as bears will easily dig it up if motivated by enticing odors.
  • Keep barbecue grills that are on decks or close to the house clean. If possible, move the grill well away from the house when not in use.
  • Don’t feed pets outdoors and remove their water when you bring them in.
  • Block access to potential sleeping sites such as crawl spaces under decks and buildings.
  • Don’t leave any scented products outside. Non-food items such as suntan lotion, insect repellent, soap, and candles can serve as attractants

For additional tips for living with bears visit the Wind River Bear Dog website, or download and print the Living with California Black Bears brochure (PDF).

You can also read what the Arizona Department of Fish & Game black bear page has to say. The Lake Tahoe Council for Wild Bears helps those who have encountered bears in that area of California and you can read about the black bear challenges Ann Bryant and her volunteers face.

If more people followed the above common sense tips it would help reduce the chance of having these animals being called in as nuisance critters…and might even save their lives.