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exmartata

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Re: Closest dark skies to Orange County CA
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2018, 09:37:15 AM »
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A few years later, a boat working nets on the west side exploded, the family believed it was the result of unexploded ordinance but there was no one left and not enough evidence to prove one way or the other.

Jon

Yeah,  I remember when that happened and it wasn't the first time, either.

Pretty brave of you, I guess everyone has to make a living somehow.
Personally, I wouldn't go dragging nets of any kind or anything else through the waters anywhere near that place.

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Re: Closest dark skies to Orange County CA
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2018, 09:34:48 PM »
Yesterday I found a spot that appeared to be ideal on a good stretch of public road leading to hiking/biking trails.  Black Star Canyon Road is off Silverado Canyon Road within a 100 yards or so of the juncture to Santiago Canyon Road/ El Toro Rd.  There is just one minor detail that could be an issue...

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Re: Closest dark skies to Orange County CA
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2018, 04:01:19 AM »
ooops, here's the issue:

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Re: Closest dark skies to Orange County CA
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2018, 06:49:45 AM »
"Your safety cannot be guaranteed" is a great warning -- applicable to every time and place on Earth or off it.In practice, I bet that rattlesnakes are a bigger risk than cougars. And as always, road accidents are a much bigger risk than either of those.

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Re: Closest dark skies to Orange County CA
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2018, 02:51:33 AM »
Chaoscosmos,Yes, there have been attacks, but they are rare. At present we have 18 cougars in Jackson Hole, some of them in suburban areas. No one has been injured or killed, though they do kill dogs. But then we have more grizzlies and wolves here than cougars, and I just learned we have three two-year-old grizzly cubs near us... so. No rattlesnakes.Not to worry too much, Carry pepper spray and enjoy the stars.Dark skies,Jack

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Re: Closest dark skies to Orange County CA
« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2018, 12:30:06 PM »
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"Your safety cannot be guaranteed" is a great warning -- applicable to every time and place on Earth or off it.

In practice, I bet that rattlesnakes are a bigger risk than cougars. And as always, road accidents are a much bigger risk than either of those.

If I am not mistaken, a mountain biker was killed by a cougar not so long ago riding somewhere in Orange County.

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Re: Closest dark skies to Orange County CA
« Reply #21 on: February 04, 2018, 10:20:59 AM »
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If I am not mistaken, a mountain biker was killed by a cougar not so long ago riding somewhere in Orange County.

Jon

Yet no recorded mountain attacks on astronomers that I know of. It's my understanding that these the cats can sense when they've come across anything far to stringy and hard to digest.

Need I say more....?

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Re: Closest dark skies to Orange County CA
« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2018, 05:17:14 AM »
They're definitely out there.  Just be aware of where you are and your surroundings and have fun!  The shot on the left was taken on a trail about 200 yards from my house and the shot on the right from Riley Wilderness Park at the entrance to our neighborhood.In 1986 a five year old girl was mauled by a Cougar in Caspers Wilderness Park.  Her parents sued and won $2.1 million dollars because there were wild animals in the wild-erness park.  The park was closed to children under 18 for years after that.Last year at Starr Ranch Sancturary we listened to a research scientist tell us they have collared and are tracking as many as 30 mountain lion in the Santa Ana mountain area. Jay

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