The FAWNSKIN FLYER Volume 1 Issue 13 September 23, 2005

Volume 1 Issue 13
September 23, 2005

Not Necessarily News for Fawnskin, California
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Inside This Issue
Gossip Girl (GG) Lion!
September & October Events
Fawnskin’s Mountain Lion
Cougar Tips
Poet’s Corner

GG’s Notes
This week’s issue is going to be dedicated to the recent sightings of a mountain lion whose territory runs through town. Earlier this year he was seen between Hanna Flats Campground and Camp Whittle but now has temporarily moved into my neighborhood.

Over the past year this cat has been seen in town and his tracks have been left in my neighbor’s yards.

Many of you read the online edition and will remember my mentioning the disappearance of all the local coyotes just prior to August 17th. Smaller predators may relocate when a larger predator moves in. Griffith Park had the same pattern and I hope this lion will move out of the region into other areas of his territory soon.

In the meantime, use caution in the areas off Mohawk, Chickasaw, Brookside, Arapaho and Cedar Dell areas especially around dawn and dusk and at night.

In this issue, I am also happy to include a new feature called the Poet’s Corner. Part-time resident Greg Carroll promises to keep submitting. Colleen will return with her column next month.

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G.G. (Gossip Girl)

Public restrooms are located in the triangle area of town. Look for the deer statues and you’ll find the facilities in the building nearby.

Necessary Numbers:
All are (909) area code unless listed otherwise.
Fire Station 49 866-4878
Arson Line (800) 468-4408
Forestry Officer 866-3437 x2810
Fish & Game Tips (888) 334-2258
Solar Observatory 866-5791
Discovery Center 866-3437
Camp Whittle 866-3000
Serrano Campground 866-8550
Fishing Licenses 866-9464
Fawnskin Market (Bait & Adventure Passes) 866-9543
Moose Lodge 2085 866-3013
Post Office 866-3245

Fawnskin Flyer Tip Line:
Fawnskin Flyer Sponsorship:
1-800-818-7387Cougar Numbers

If you sight the mountain lion please report it:
Emergency Animal Control
(800) 472-5609
Fish & Game’s Kevin Brennen
(951) 659-2468
Fish & Game Upland Office
(909) 484-0167
Forestry Biologist Robin
(909) 866-3437 x2832
Sheriff (909) 866-0100

Fawnskin Events
Visit the online issue for links to a more complete list with additional details/times.

September 25, 2005
Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

September 28, 2005 (11am)
Memorial for Yvonne Nunez
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

October 22, 2005
David Gonzales Memorial at Fawn Park (Noon)

Mountain Lion
Last year, late at night, a mountain lion was seen walking down the main drag.

Recently (August), Russ at Camp Whittle told me that a cougar was sighted up between Camp Whittle and Hanna Flats and they adjusted their camp activities as a result.

Then last week several residents heard and saw the critter. I went out hiking the area with the “Snoop Sisters” who were tracking the cat earlier this week –but the pug marks had washed away with the rain. Anyway, here is the scoop:

On Sunday, September 19th
residents (Andrea & Dennis) heard loud growling on Chickasaw around 9:30pm. It reverberated through their walls. Debbie (on Mohawk) saw and heard what she thought was a mountain lion around the same time. Ed (dog man) also was out during that time but wasn’t home when I went to have a chat for this report.

On Tuesday, September 20th
shortly after Noon (12:30pm) a mountain lion was sighted on Brookside (near Chickasaw) heading back up to the woods. Andy was painting and saw him cruising down Debbie’s lot and through Andrea’s lot back up onto the hill.)

Other neighbors report that this animal has been hanging out between Cedar Dell and Mohawk for about the past three weeks. He has been seen on adjacent rocks cleaning himself. Frank & another neighbor believe it is living near or under a weekend cabin.

Please use caution at night and keep pets on leash and indoors. Most wild animals are crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk) or nocturnal. Be alert.

Cougar Tips

  • Don’t hike or bike alone.
  • Travel in groups or pairs.
  • Keep kids close.
  • Adults should keep children close and supervise them on trails or in camp grounds. Predators will hunt weak, small, or sick animals. Children trigger predatory behavior through their activities and vocalizations.
  • Do not approach wild animals. Most wild animals will try to avoid a confrontation. Give them a way to escape and don’t purposely approach them.
  • Don’t run to escape from a mountain lion. Running can stimulate the instinct to attack. Department of Fish & Game recommends that you stand, face the animal, and make eye contact. Small children should be pulled into you, or picked up if possible. Keep them quiet and prevent panic.
  • Remain upright. Squatting, crouching, or bending presents a similar image to that of a four-legged prey animal. Avoid those activities.
  • Appear more threatening. Raise and wave your arms slowly. Throw stones, branches, or whatever is within reach without crouching or turning your back.
  • Speak firmly in a loud voice. Convince the animal that you are not prey and might be dangerous.
  • Fight back if attacked. A mountain lion (cougar) usually tries to bite the head or neck, try to remain standing and face the attacking animal. People have fought successfully with rocks, sticks, caps, jackets, garden tools and their bare hands.
  • Carry pepper spray, stun gun, or another animal deterrent. You can also buy an air horn to scare off an animal and alert people nearby. Find the horns at a sporting goods store or in the marine (boating) supply section.

Poet’s Corner
By Greg Carroll

Dampened sand beneath my feet
Feels warm all though the summer’s heat
Is lost with time unwisely spent
For bygone sin’s we still repent.

As clouds they come and cast their share
We leave and reap the paths we’ve laid
For tables turn, as candles burn
While someone simply never learns.

Just what it means to be alive
To live and learn, yet keep your stride
From hell nor heaven can we hide
The choice is still yours, who’s on your side?

So chase that rainbow, catch that storm
And may the sand beneath your feet be warm.

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