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Bears- Bears are spotted on many hiking trails across the US. Wild bear behavior is unpredictable. Hikers should treat encounters with bears with extreme caution. To avoid running into a bear, experts say to make lots of noise. While walking along the trail make sure to talk, sing, and clap your hands.
Wild Hogs- Hogs mainly dwell in forested areas where the trees and vegetation provide food and shelter. However, they can also be found in marshes, swamps and farmlands. Hogs have been spotted in at least 40 states and there is a chance your favorite trail could be home to these "backwoods beasts". If you see a wild hog be sure to keep your distance and make lots of noise in hopes to scare it away. Make sure that you are taking a trail that goes in the opposite direction of the animal.
Snakes- There are many snakes you may encounter while hiking, however there are two main poisonous snakes: the Copperhead and the Rattle snake. To avoid accidents watch where you walk and place your hands. Be especially cautious around rivers, rocks, and tall grass. In the rare case of being bitten; seek medical attention immediately.
Yellowjacket wasps- These are your greatest concern while hiking desert areas such as California. Yellowjackets build their nests in the ground along trails and streams. Watch your step while you hiking along the trail; they can become very aggressive when disturbed. Be sure to carry epinephrine kits if you are allergic.
Mosquitos- Almost anywhere you hike, mosquitos are huge pests. They buzz around your face and constantly bother you. Even though there is a very tiny risk that a mosquito could contain the West Nile Virus, mosquitos can still carry other viruses. When they do bite, it itches. To prevent bites: Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Very light-weight, light-colored clothes can be very cool and they keep most of your skin protected. Make sure you bring some serious repellent as well.
Ticks- Ticks are the blood feeding parasites of mammals. They can latch onto hikers while they are in brush or grass along hiking trails. Once the tick has grabbed onto the hiker's skin, it creates a glue substance that allows it to stick. Ticks are about 1/8 inch in diameter, if you spot one on you or a fellow hiker you should remove it with a pair of tweezers. Make sure that the entire tick is removed.
Spiders- Bites generally occur when a spider is stepped on, or while dressing when a spider is inside a sleeve or pant leg. Do not pick up or touch a spider. Take extreme caution when you reach or step in cracks of rocks where you can't see. Check you're boots, shoes, and clothes: shake them out beware putting them on. Do not walk around barefoot. If you think you have been bitten by a dangerous spider, or speculate that you may have been bitten, go see a doctor immediately.
Scorpion-Scorpions aren't too common. However, they been seen in sights such as: Santiago Oaks, Crystal Cove, and Joshua Tree at the Indian Grove campsite, as well as many foreign hiking trails.Do not reach or step in the cracks of rocks where you can not see. Check your boots, shoes, and clothes: shake them out before you put them on. Keep your tent and bags zipped shut. Do not walk around barefoot. Scorpion stings are painful; it can cause numbness and swelling. However, the real danger is if you are allergic to the sting. If stung try and kill the scorpion for identification. Clean the wound use a wet compress and get help immediately.
Poison Ivy- This plant is made of three (shiny or dull) leaves on the same small stem. Leaves are green in the summer and red in the fall. Poison ivy produces yellow or green flowers that turn into white, yellow or green clustered globular berries.They usually have jagged edges, sometimes with large notches, but they are never serrated. The vine of the plant has hairy looking roots.
Poison Oak- Is very similar to poison ivy but it always grows erect. Leaflets grow in threes and have variable leaf edges but may have lobes that resemble oak leaves. Leaves have blunt tips. Leaves are hairy on both sides and turn red in the fall.
Poison Sumac- This plant grows as a shrub or small tree. Leaflets have 7-13 pointed leaves that are NOT serrated. Contains white fruits. Generally found in swampy areas.
***All poisonous plant rashes can be treated by: washing area with warm water, resisting from scratching, using a cold compress, and taking an antihistamine pill. Do not apply antihistamine cream to the affected area it could make the rash worse. If rash persists for a long period of time, see a doctor.
Be careful and be sure to take your iVUE glasses on your next hiking adventure!