Phil Hobbs wrote, on Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:45:37 -0500:
Actually, if you saw the first pictures, the cables don't actually
"touch" any tree (this is the smallest pine at the low end):
What we did was attach two-by fours to the tree, and then wrap the cables
around the two by fours.
Dunno if that will "protect" the tree or not; but that's why we did
it that way (in theory).
You'll notice we doubled the cable at *both* ends also, so that
there are always *two* cables at all points, even around the big
tree where there is no cable joint at all.
Actually a bolt through the tree is the least damaging way to attach
something. The comparison with woodpeckers nests is not valid - they make
large holes that greatly interfere with sap flow. Methods wrapping around
a trunk can do enormous damage as the tree grows, including effectively
ring-barking (hence killing) the tree.
Oren, ever since kooties and large feet, I've learned that when you
say the huckleberries are ripe, the huckleberries are ripe.
I should have taken a picture of it, but, the dog stays mostly on
the other side of the fence, not even close to the bridge anymore.
Certainly he doesn't venture out on the bridge.
Some day, I'll snap a picture if he does though.
For you, my friend.
Interestingly, that dog is fantastically protective!
When the mountain lion came by, and we didn't know it, he was
barking and yelping like crazy and growling, which is not his
normal nature. It was only later, when one of the animals got
killed, during the storm, where the dog was locked inside,
that we had realized what he was making all that commotion about.
So, now, the dog stays outside, with the rest of the animals,
to protect them, even during the storms (which may have abated
until next winter, by now).
There's a funny thing about mountain lions.
They can easily bring down a full-sized buck, so, a puny human
"should" be easy prey. Given that they're experienced hunters, I doubt
the human would have much time to see the mountain lion that gets him.
Given that, the mountain lion should "win" against a puny human,
particularly with the claws and teeth of the mountain lion wrapped
around a puny human's head, neck, and throat.
So, given that, why aren't there far more mountain lion attacks
than statistics show?
Clearly, where I hike alone (almost daily), mountain lions abound.
We have dead deer, dead goats and sheep, and even videos of a mountain
lion dragging a buck taken by a dash cam on our winding road.
The enigma is that there aren't really a whole lot of documented
attacks on humans. Sure, humans aren't their standard fare; but
how do "they" know that?
I'm not worried, but, I do hike in these here hills almost every
day, and, I haven't yet "seen" a mountain lion (although I've seen
plenty of dead deer).
The reason is that humans ganged up on and killed critters that dared
to take a human. Over the last say 50,000 years, this enduring bit of
Darwinist pressure had a big effect. Five or six people with spears
are quite capable of killing a lion.
I've encountered mountain lions (aka cougar, puma) in both the Santa Teresa foothills
and the Marin headlands. They're sized similar to a medium sized dog
(24" to 36" at the shoulders, 65 to 180 pounds depending on gender and age).
The lions mainly hunt from dusk to dawn, which is one reason that human-lion
encounters are rare. The lions are also not interested in humans as prey.
On Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:01:51 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Lurndal)
I encountered one in my back yard. Awakened by the dog barking very
strangely, I stuck my head out the arcadia door to encounter mountain
lion with my dog standing on top of his dog house shaking like crazy
Mountain lion took off like a bullet.
| James E.Thompson | mens |
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bob haller wrote, on Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:26:09 -0800:
In California, it is my understanding that EVERY tree is protected
if it's large enough to measure 1 foot wide at about chest height.
If you cut down a tree, you have to get a permit; even if it
were dead or dying.
The permit, I'm told, is free, but, generally you have to plant
an equal number of trees to replace the ones you cut down.
If you remove trees without a permit, they can fine you, or
let you go (up to them).
That's what I remember about a conversation about an oak tree
in my yard that was blocking the view anyway.
I helped my neighbor with the 75-foot by 16-foot wide (at the tree)
bridge today, so I figured I'd show you some shots from below:
Notice in that picture above that there is a "widowmaker" of about
ten feet long hanging in mid air, ready to fall. Also notice that the
"sucker" was cut flush, and the boards screwed to it ...just because
We're close enough to the big redwood to touch it now!
Here's a view, looking down, at the big tree, inches away from it:
That's a milestone after so much work starting at the other end.
I tried to get a picture to take the whole thing, from under:
But, the best I can show you in a single pic is a side view:
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