Beavers, Bears and Black-legged deer ticks
On June 6th we had an upstream beaver dam blow-out, this sent a temporary flood of water streaming across the access-road, but thankfully none of the single-track was affected. If you’ve noticed the erosion and wondered how that happened; then that’s what happened! The extra volume of water flowed into a large downstream wetland, through a culvert and eventually into the Hilton Fall’s reservoir.
As late as June 13th we’ve had reports of a Black Bear in the Britton tract of our forest. This is the northeastern forest adjacent to 6th line. A bear was spotted earlier to the northwest of our forest (image above) so bear could be a thing this summer.
CBC and OPP’s confirmation of the bear: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/bears-erin-guelph-wellington-county-1.5155426
We’ve heard multiple people and their dogs have been acquired by black-legged deer ticks. This is troubling because these ticks spread Lyme disease. According to Public Health Ontario our forest is now part of the estimated risk area.
Be tick smart, carry fine tweezers, regularly check your clothes for stowaways. Each day inspect the nooks and crannies the tick-favours such as: Between your toes, behind the knees, groin, waist, belly button, elbows, armpits, behind the ears and your scalp.
Spot it early and the risk of Lyme (a very serious infection) is very low.
Public Health Ontario’s 2019 Lyme Disease risk map
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