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When hiking alone, especially with my dogs, I make a fair amount of noise to ward off any animals so as not to surprise them. It means I don't get to see animals very often, but it is a safety measure to protect my dogs. A good example is seen in this photo of fresh bear tracks that I found just around a bend. Had I not been making noise, it is possible we would have run smack into this bear. I am fairly certain he heard me from a long way off because the normal sound I make (if not talking to my dogs) is a fairly loud, "Hey bear," as I'm walking in areas where I cannot see ahead. So if you are ever on the dunes and hear someone calling those words, you will know it is me! To put this photo into perspective, these tracks were as large as my hand with fingers half-way spread. Photo by Dina Pavlis, Oregon Dunes near Florence, October 3, 2011.
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