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While hiking through many of our most common trails around the city it is very unlikely we will encounter any dangerous animals. However, it is not impossible and the further out we traverse the more likely this will occur. Prepare yourself by knowing the proper procedure for encountering bears, wolves, and cougars. More information on these can be found on the BC Parks web site.
There are numerous editable plants in the Okanagan, and we have a wide range of beautiful flowers. Visit the North Okanagan Naturalists Club for more information!
Ticks are tiny blackish insects that live throughout British Columbia. Many ticks carry Lyme's disease which can cause mild (headaches, fever, joint pain) to severe (paraplegia) symptoms in humans. Contrary to popular belief, ticks do not jump or leap from trees. In fact, only about three of the twenty types of ticks will bite humans. In all of history, only sixty cases of Lyme's Disease have been reported in British Columbia. However, during tick season, which lasts from spring through mid-summer, being aware and prepared is the best defense.
Help prevent ticks attaching to yourself by leaving as little skin visible as possible and blocking all entry points. For example, tuck your pants into your socks, and shirt into your pants. When sitting down for a break, choose an area without foliage such as a rock.
After completing a hike, examine your body and hiking gear thoroughly. Ticks commonly attach in hair covered parts of your body (especially the scalp). After finding a tick, remove it gently with your fingers or a pair of tweezers. Sterilize the area after removing the tick to prevent infection.