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Seasonal Maintenance And Safety

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 08, 2018

It's hard to believe, but autumn is here, which means it's time once again to think about seasonal maintenance for your home or rental property. With temperatures cooling down, now is the perfect time to visit those tasks that were on the back burner during the busy summer months. Fall is the ideal season to check for inexpensive maintenance issues, such as areas that need caulking, gutters that need debris removed or vegetation that needs trimming, to prevent future damage. It's also the perfect time to check the roof for loose or missing shingles. The key is to fix the little things before they cause big, expensive problems. RISMedia's House Call has put together a great one pager for autumn maintenance called Fall Maintenance Tasks for Your Property:

As the snow begins to cover the mountains there is still time to get out on your bike before you need to put on new tires. On The Snow recently published Top 10 Mountain Biking Trails in North America and Park City makes the cut. Good skiers make good mountain bikers. So, it's no wonder that North America's best ski towns turn into the best mountain biking towns each summer. Mountain biking isn’t only good for your legs and core, but also for your heart and lungs, which will help you on those top-to-bottom burners when ski season rolls around again. Mountain biking is also great for your balance, coordination and reaction time. .  here are the top 10 (even though it snowed all night and is still snowing now):

1. Rim Trail - Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada

2. Phil’s Trail - Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

3. Fisher Creek Sun Valley, Idaho 4. Lower Rock Creek Trail Mammoth, California

5. Flying Dog Park City, Utah - Flying Dog is a scenic, fairly non-technical IMBA-designated Epic Ride. It’s perfect for groups with intermediate mountain bikers, as well as experts, who can enjoy cruising down the fast, buffed out dirt and over bridges that cross ponds and streams. The shortest route is a 10-mile ride with a 1,500 vertical feet elevation change, so be prepared. Options include a 10-mile easier ride, a 16-mile moderate ride and a 23-mile ride with 3,000 feet of climbing.

6. Hermosa Creek Durango, Colorado

5. 401 Crested Butte, Colorado

8. A-Line Whistler, British Columbia

9. Powerline Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia

10. Kimmer’s Trail Stowe, Vermont

We will wrap up this week's blog with something very important - Moose Safety. Park City Magazine shares Trail Safety 101: When You Meet a Moose - How to avoid angering one of Park City’s most frequently seen wild animals. Moose are frequently spotted in and around Park City, but they’re not likely to be friendly if you get too close.

If You Meet a Moose

  • Give the moose plenty of space and DO NOT approach it. Keep at least 50 feet between yourself and the moose while you walk past slowly. From a distance, a moose may simply be content to watch you warily or move away, but if you get closer, your presence might agitate it.
  • Make sure your dog is leashed and under control. The moose will likely decide you and/or your dog is a threat if your pup is running around and barking. Moose will not hesitate to kick a dog, which can be lethal.
  • Don’t get between a mama moose and her calves. If you happen upon a female, be extra careful to assess the scene in case she has little ones nearby. Baby moose are vulnerable to a number of predators, including cougars and bears, so mothers won’t hesitate to aggressively defend their young.
Reasons a Moose Might Charge & Signs of Aggression - Just like other animals, moose have their way of telling you they’re feeling threatened. An angry moose will likely pin its ears back, lower its head, or raise the hackles along its shoulders. If the moose starts moving towards you, it’s a crystal clear message for you to run and get under cover if possible. Usually, if you stay well away from them, moose will simply run away or eye you suspiciously as you pass. A stressed, cornered, or harassed moose, however, might decide to charge. Bull moose are more aggressive and particularly dangerous in September and October during the mating season while cows get prickly during the late spring during calving season.

If A Moose Charges - Should a moose decide to charge you, your only option is to run and take cover. Moose can reach speeds of 30+ m.p.h. so you probably won’t outrun it for long, but at least you’re not going to trigger a predatory response. Your best bet is to try find some kind of cover or climb up a tree if you have time. If the moose catches up and knocks you down, curl into a ball, cover your head as much as you can, and don’t move until the moose leaves. Getting up might make the moose think you’re a renewed threat.

Remember, if you provoke a moose, you’re setting yourself up for a loss since they’re much bigger and more dangerous than you. Best to make some noise, stay away, and let it go about its day.

Keep warm and be safe on the roads.

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Welcome to Moose Country

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 08, 2017

The Wife and I love the Moose of Park City, to see them in nature is spectacular. Moose are the largest member of the deer family in Utah and can be found in the mountains of the northern and northeastern portion of the state. Moose prefer forest habitats, especially those locations with a mixture of wooded areas and open areas near lakes or wetlands. Some moose make short migrations between summer and winter habitats and usually occur singly or in small groups. Moose are herbivores that prefer to feed on aquatic vegetation and new woody growth during the spring and summer. During the winter, when preferred food items are not available, moose switch to a diet of bark and twigs from evergreen and deciduous trees. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

Gomez Team MooseAdults weigh 800-1,200lbs. Bulls stand 6 ft. tall at the shoulder. Only the bulls have antlers. Moose are excellent swimmers, and routinely seek food in marshes and streams. Their hair is hollow which helps them float. A moose can run up to 35 miles per hour! Moose are active both day and night, but peak activity occurs near dawn and dusk.

Wild Aware Utah has provided safety tips when encountering Moose that we wanted to share:

Preventing Conflicts

  • Moose cows with calves can be aggressive in the spring.
  • Bull moose may be especially aggressive during the fall breeding season.
  • Do not approach or feed a moose.
  • Keep dogs leashed and under control at all times. Moose can be very aggressive around them. It is against Utah law to allow dogs to chase or harass wildlife.
If you encounter a Moose
  • On a trail, give the moose a lot of space and watch it’s behavior.
  • Back off if a moose exhibits any signs of aggression, such as the hair standing up on their neck, snout licking, or ears back.
  • Stay calm. Do not run away. Talk, make your presence known and slowly back off in the direction you came.
  • If a moose charges you or chases you hide behind something solid such as a tree.
  • If a moose knocks you down, curl into a ball, protect your head and lie still until the moose retreats.
ROAD SAFETY: SLOW DOWN!

Heed warning signs.If you have an encounter with aggressive wildlife, please alert the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) office near you. If the encounter or sighting occurs after hours or on the weekend, please call your local police department or county sheriff’s office, who can contact a conservation officer to handle the situation. Click here for more information.

 
 
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