The Latest RV Parks and Campgrounds Briefs
From KTVB-TV, Boise:
A fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest near Salmon, Idaho, was burning close to a Boy Scout camp Sunday night (July 29).
The Beaver Creek Fire is estimated at around 60 acres.
Officials say lightning started the fire on Friday and it has been burning in rough terrain ever since.
Several unnamed campgrounds have been evacuated.
The Bradley Boy Scout Camp is also in the area. Two hundred scouts have been evacuated and the camp has been shut down for around 200 more scouts who were set to go to the camp this week.
On Sunday, there are about 84 firefighters on the fire, with more on the way today.
From The Morning Journal, Lorain:
The 2012 Wellington BalloonFest will take place Aug. 4 at Clare-Mar Lakes Campground, 47571 New London Eastern Road.
The festival starts at noon. There will be crafters, food vendors, activities, demonstrations and games throughout the day. At 1 p.m., music begins, showcasing four bands. At 6:30 p.m., the hot air balloon launch will begin followed by the hot air balloon glow. The balloon launch and glow will be weather permitting.
Pony rides also will be available by Pony Tales Farm in Columbia Station.
If winds are more than 10 miles an hour, balloons will not inflate and if a storm is up to 50 miles away, it also will interfere with inflating balloons, festival organizer Howard Reynolds said.
From The Record-Courier, Gardnerville:
A mountain lion killed a deer close to the Zephyr Cove Lodge and Campground July 25, but officials say there is nothing to worry about.
Chris Healy, public information officer of the Nevada Department of Wildlife, said the lion does not display any aggression or unusual behavior.
“There is nothing to panic about,” he said. “They are just doing what they are supposed to do (hunting for mule deer in the area).”
But the incident caused a lot of concern around the location, which includes the Zephyr Cove campgrounds at the Lodge and Zephyr Cove Stables.
Trinette Requena, trail guide at Zephyr Cove Stables, said she was the one who discovered the deer.
“I was definitely concerned about the horses,” she said. “I was the first one to see it on the side of the trail, but didn't know a mountain lion got a hold of it until I got back (to the barn) and I was told there were claw marks on her and tracks on the trail.”
Alyson Andreasen, a PhD student who studies behavioral ecology to model meta population dynamics of mountain lions at the University of Nevada, Reno, came out after the owners of Zephyr Cove Stables called to report the incident. She put up a box trap with the dead deer cadaver inside in an attempt to catch the lion Wednesday night.
“He never came back,” Andreasen said Thursday, but added that there was a lot of activity in the area that possibly scared him away.
Andreasen, who does research on the behavior and diets of mountain lions for her studies and puts GPS collars on the lions to keep track on their activities, said that the box trap was removed Thursday morning because the mountain lion was not likely to come back.
Healy explained that a coyote might be a bigger threat for any other animals or pets and that the Tahoe Basin is a wild area where everyone who is visiting or living there needs to be aware of wild animals.
As long as the lions are on a healthy diet, they stay away from humans and domestic animals as much as possible, he said.