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Is there any evidence that bears use (or used) cub labor to get food from backpackers?

Bears are back in the Question Queue, which reminds me of the claim going around Lawrence Berkeley Lab several decades ago. The claim was that some mother bears in the Sierra would send their cubs up ...
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How frequent are encounters with bears/mountain lions/etc?

I'm wondering how common it is to see or encounter large carnivores like bears and mountain lions in the lower 48 when hiking in the United States (okay, bears are tehnically omnivores, but you get ...
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How to find a wall to play squash or racket ball during quarantine?

Is there some kind of wall AI identification system in google maps or some google earth software to find a wall nearest my location to play squash during quarantine? Excluding hitting garage
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Are these prints in snow of a bobcat or cougar?

Are these footprints of a bobcat or cougar ? I apologize that there is no reference scale in the image, but the footprints measured about 3.5 or 4 inches in both dimensions. I found these while hiking ...
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identifying the treeline for arbitrary mountain ranges in the united states?

https://www.seeker.com/why-trees-dont-grow-on-mountaintops-1792565118.html suggests that the treeline for Humphrey's Peak, in Arizona / Coconino County is at 11,400 feet (3470 metre), but is there a ...
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Is this piece of flint a Native American tool?

I was walking in a cornfield this afternoon. It is located in the Midwestern United States. I found this particularly interesting piece of flint. It has a sharp edge all the way around. I don't ...
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Places for a “socially distant” walk

Where might I look for places on which to go for a medium length (3-5 miles) or longer walk -- and where I'd minimize my chances of encountering other people? The Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing, and I'...
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Is this a house sparrow fledgling? (Found a bird in my garage)

I left my garage door open for about an hour last night on a windy day, and I later heard incessant chirping inside Apparently, this fledgling somehow go into, and was trapped, in an old bag over 18 ...
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Do Glacier National Park (USA) backcountry camps have bear poles / bear canisters?

In Glacier National Park (USA), there are 63 backcountry campgrounds. I looked at the backcountry campground website including the map and campsite information. Are there bear poles/boxes at ...
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Why are American ski resorts so expensive? [closed]

While doing some research for my answer in are ski areas shutting down? I was a bit shocked by the American prices for lift tickets. Vail is at $220 and while this may be an exceptionally expensive ...
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Are ski areas in the United States shutting down?

Interesting video I ran across. The high point are quotes from sugarbush's president. All the rest information is less important, except for statistics. I'm not sure where they got their stats. NSAA ...
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Do U.S. Wilderness areas allow bridges?

A U.S. wilderness area prohibits road-building and other forms of development. Are bridges on hiking trail permitted, or are all river crossings in wilderness areas necessarily unbridged?
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Fall/autumn colours in northwest North American mountains

I've noticed that the vegetation in the subalpine forest is very different between the Alps, the Urals, Scandinavia, or the Canadian Rockies. In the latter, I didn't find any at all. In the Alps, ...
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Adirondacks winter road open/closed status

I'm looking for a decent source to know winter road conditions for various Adirondacks access roads. First level of interest would be just what is or isn't being maintained. A better yet answer ...
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Carrying a gun openly while hiking in western North Carolina

I know that NC permits open carry but I'm actually interested in cultural implications of running into people in the woods who may be weirded out by it. I've hiked a lot in places where it's legal but ...
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Rods for shark fishing

I was looking at jawbone 2 xtreme blanks, the sledgehammer model is 10' with 100-250 pound line rating. It's E glass with 28-36 ounce lure rating. I've been looking all over the Internet for something ...
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How to find good places for target shooting on National Forest Lands

Target shooting is expressly permitted on National Forest Lands. However, finding a good place to do it is not necessarily straightforward. What would be good strategies to find a place to target ...
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Why do they turn the 9/11 Memorial Lights off for birds?

On the morning of September 11, 2001, two airplanes flew into the "Twin Towers," part of the hub of the World Trade Center in New York City, United States. The towers, which at one time had ...
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Looking for a 20 to 40mi out and back or loop trail in Maryland

My daughter and I were going to hike the AT through Maryland. She goes to school there and really wanted to do a muli-day hike. We recently gave up on the idea b/c the logistics of the end to end ...
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Can you identify this large brown spider with particular markings in Charleston, SC?

I live in Charleston, SC, and found this very large spider chilling in a very large intricate web in our gazebo this evening. Below are all the pictures (apologize for the quality...it's the best I ...
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How hard is the East Buttress route on El Capitan

I am relatively new to climbing, and so far I have only done bouldering climbing. The hardest route I have climbed is a V5, and I am a solid V4 climber. My question was, to anyone who has climbed East ...
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Is the wood of edible sumac poisonous?

I forage for food as a hobby, and noticed that the attaching parts of sumac stays with the berries sometimes, so it got me to wondering if the wood of edible sumac is poisonous for human consumption. ...
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What species of spider lays their eggs in the flesh of the person they bite?

I recently was bitten several times by a spider or spiders during an outing in southern Virginia, USA. The bites looked really nasty for a couple of days, but are now subsiding and have stopped ...
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What is this tiny round shiny black bug that bites?

Can anyone tell me what type of bug this is? I found two of them in my bed in Tennessee, United States. It's not a tick. The shell is hard. It was alive and you could see it moving. It's .016", ...
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What is this plastic net with a wide middle and bottom that looks like an upside-down flower hanging from a tree?

We recently (July, 2019) went to Bar Harbor, Maine, United States, to visit friends who live on the ocean. My husband took a walk on an established path (he's very serious about Leave No Trace) at the ...
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Slackline vendors/ brick and mortar stores in MD

What are some slackline vendors or brick and mortar stores in the state of Maryland with people who actually know how to slackline? I agree that some vendors of slacklines from Amazon may be selling ...
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Why did backcountry camping at Canyon de Chelly collapse?

Looking at Canyon de Chelly backcountry camping visitation by month: Backcountry camping went from usually more than a hundred per month, up to several hundred per month, throughout spring, summer (...
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What is this white, ribbed, box shaped object attached to a somewhat-remote tree near Lake Chelan?

While hiking near Lake Chelan (Washington, USA), I noticed this item affixed to the tree located at 48.150978, -120.493732: The tree in question is a short hike from a boat landing and right off a ...
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Where to hike near Indianapolis? Looking for rocky terrain/elevation changes

I am looking for places to hike near Indianapolis that will be "exciting" for my feet. Specifically, are there places that you recommend within ~50 miles of Indianapolis that have a lot of uneven or ...
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How can my neighbor encourage chipmunks to move away from her front-yard flower garden?

This question is related to my earlier question about when it is safe, from the young chipmunks' point of view, to relocate a burrow of chipmunks. To recap the background of the earlier question: ...
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When, and how, is it safe to relocate a burrow of chipmunks without harming the young?

One of my neighbors is terribly concerned that her resident chipmunks will harm her flower beds. They dig holes, and she finds the holes unsightly. She wants to trap them and relocate them. ...
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Need Help Identifying a Birdcall (Sierra Nevadas)

I went on a weeklong backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevadas and in the third or fourth night while we were camping next to the Kern River we heard this odd noise. At around 5-10 PM we would here an ...
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How much vegetation is represented by the green on USGS 7.5 minute topo maps?

On official USGS topo maps, vegetation is represented by green, and non vegetation by white as you can see below. How much vegetation does an area need to be colored green? Are short bushes enough or ...
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What kind of bird is this greyish small chicken sized one I found in the Uintas?

On my hike through the Uinta mountains, I came across this greyish bird and her 3-4 chicks. The timelapse I took of the birds can be seen here. It looks like some sort of grouse, does anybody know ...
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Why is this woodchuck losing its fur?

This woodchuck has been in and out of our yard in Massachusetts, United States, for a few weeks, since early May. It comes out from under our large rhododendrons which have a small area of woods ...
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What overnight backpacking trails are clear of deep snow now (or likely to be in the next two weeks) in northwest Washington?

I am looking for an overnight backpacking trip to do in the next few weeks somewhere in western Washington. But I am worried about deep snow remaining on the trails. Based on last winter's snowpack, ...
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Scat identification from northern New Jersey

Can you please help me identify what is leaving these piles in my detached garage in Northern New Jersey? In case the photo doesn't do it justice, the scat is in piles, against the exterior walls, ...
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Which tree produces heart shaped seeds enveloped in a long pod?

Which tree native to Florida produces these seeds? The pods are really long and the seeds inside are in the shape of little hearts.
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Is it legal to launch a kayak from a public beach in Chicago?

I live in Chicago and would like to get a foldable kayak. As far as I can tell the only thing I need to do to be able to use it in Lake Michigan is get a watercraft registration. Once I have that ...
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Where to find pronghorn sheds?

Each year pronghorn shed the outer covering of their horns, and while they don't last as long as deer sheds you can still find them. All of the ones I have found have been by accident, if one was to ...
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Help identifying mouse-like rodent in Willamette Valley (Oregon)

I live in the Willamette Valley region of Oregon, USA. A few days ago I noticed these rodents digging in my compost pile. This was in the early-afternoon. If I got too close (closer than 4 ft) they ...
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What is this square plastic thing with small black flat glass marbles in the Uintas?

On top of one of the peaks in the Uinta mountain range I found this plastic thing with small black flat glass marbles in it. It was several feet long and there were small holes underneath of the flat ...
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How to find ticks in your hair?

This TGO answer recommends putting possibly tick-infested clothing into a dedicated dryer, where they will be killed by desiccation. The source used in the answer, the Appalachian Mountain Club, ...
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What aquatic animal laid these eggs?

On April 12, 2019, my sister-in-law was hiking on a mountain close to our home in Central Massachusetts, USA. There was a pond at the end of an established trail. Near the water's edge were jelly-...
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What type of lizard is this grey and orange one I found near the Grand Canyon?

While hiking to see the Grand Canyon on the North side, I found this grey and orange lizard running through some downed brush and logs (center of picture). Would anyone know what type of lizard ...
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Risk of getting Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the United States?

What is the risk from being exposed to chronic wasting disease (CWD) from hunting Elk, Deer or Moose as a hunter in the United States?
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Understanding the transition in USCG Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Labeling

In this question a couple years ago: What do life jacket ratings mean (Type I, Type II, etc)?, we see the traditional types many of us learned about in Boating Safety courses, or in Scout/ Youth camp, ...
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Camping alone in the wilderness in the USA

I want to go camping in the wilderness on my own, without anyone else around for miles. Is that even possible? I know a lot of national parks have designated areas, but surely they can't enforce that ...
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How are mountain lion populations estimated?

Knowing how many mountain lions are in an area is important for conservation, as it would be important to know if the population was in decline or to set the number that can be taken by hunters in a ...
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What kind of bird in Michigan looks like a cardinal with black wings?

I have been seeing a bird that looks like a cardinal but has black wings and has an orange-red color. Closest photo I've found is the hooded oriole, but this is Michigan and early March. Any ideas of ...

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