Gone Not Fishing…

I hope to be back blogging by the end of next week. Apologize for not letting you know sooner…

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  1. Looking forward to your return!

    I thought you might be interested in a story about a trail runner’s encounter with a black bear in Canada. She tried playing dead but the bear seemed to bite her out of curiosity. Is there a reason to ever play dead when facing a large predator?

  2. I was driving along the 405 this morning, heavy traffic as usual when I observed birds flying erratically as if someone was throwing shots at them. I remembered an article I read about strange animal behavior prior to the recent earthquake in China. I called my husband and told him about it but he just shrugged it off. Four hours later, we had a 5.6 earthquake felt all over Los Angeles. Just wanted to share this… – 7/29/08

  3. @Andrew: Thanks for the note. No, you should never play dead with a black bear. The attack numbers are a little ahead of brown bear statistics. Since they are omnivores their predatory behavior on humans and aggression is considered odd but it has become pretty common since the 1990s. You can read this article from Kern County for more info: http://tinyurl.com/6xrvfb

    @Amelie: Animal behavior changes during quakes are fairly common (back to 373 BC) but dismissed because they have not been formally studied. I personally saw behavior changes 30 days prior to a 6.7 in my area and escalated changes 24 hours prior to.

    I have articles up on this topic: