If you are considering buying a vacation home in Steamboat Springs, it is likely that The Porches of Steamboat is at the top of your wish list. And when you have full, half, or one-eighth share ownership in one of the luxury vacation homes we have for sale, you can make this dream a reality. When you are looking forward to all the great adventures you’ll be having in Routt County, you will want to review some safety rules. You’ll enjoy your hike in the mountains around Steamboat Springs more if you feel safe because you are being thoughtful of wildlife. In our last article, we discussed safety issues connected to weather events. If you haven’t yet read it, you can here. In this week’s article, we will cover wildlife safety.
One survey in 2012 found that there was one bear for every four square miles in the area around Steamboat Springs. That’s a lot of bears, and it pays to take precautions against running into them. Make sure your garbage is properly disposed of in bear-proof containers and don’t leave food in your car or tent if you are out camping. When you are out hiking, make plenty of noise, so you don’t catch a bear unaware. Carrying bear spray is a good idea if you are going deep into the mountains. Bears are most dangerous when they are hungry (waking up from hibernation), startled, or when a mother bear is with her cubs. Keep your dogs on their leashes when out hiking to avoid them encountering a bear that you might otherwise pass by without trouble. If you see a bear a bear, read its behavior and act accordingly. If it is simply walking away, let it go. If it seems to be checking you out, try to calmly back away and let it know you are not a threat. If it begins to approach you, yell and throw rocks and anything else to try to scare it away. If you happen to encounter a rare aggressive bear, do not play dead, but fight back with anything you can. Even a bear knows that if it is injured it has less chance of surviving and it may think twice about continuing the attack. Review all bear safety rules before heading out.
Moose may be portrayed as lovable bumbler in animated cartoons and movies, but these large animals, the largest of the deer family, can weigh up to 1,500 hundred pounds. Moose have been known to attack people if they are startled or feel threatened. In fact, they attack more people than bears do, so the same rule about making noise as you walk to let bears know you are coming goes for moose. If you encounter a moose, the best thing is to keep your distance. Moose attacks are most common in the early summer, when cows are protective of calves and in the fall when bulls are in rut. If you come upon one suddenly, the top safety rule is to show them you are not a threat. Back away with your palms facing the moose, speak softly, and move behind something big. Find a big tree or rock to get behind. If the moose attacks you, play dead. Roll up into a ball and protect your head and neck.
These big cats, also known as cougars or pumas, while more common on the front range of the Rockies, are known to live around Steamboat Springs, too. They are skittish animals and will avoid human contact when possible. As with bears, they avoid getting hurt in a conflict so generally hunt small animals and deer who don’t fight back. That being said, if the danger is small, it is real. When out hiking, make lots of noise to announce your presence, keep your dogs leashed, and your children next to you. Do not allow a small child to run ahead on the trail or to straggle behind you. Having your child walk between two adults is recommended for the utmost safety. If you see a mountain lion do all you can to look big: open your jacket, raise your arms, or hold your backpack over your head. Put your child on your shoulder to protect them and to look even bigger. If the mountain lion becomes aggressive, fight back and make lots of noise.
There are many great activities to enjoy when you are staying at your luxury vacation home at The Porches of Steamboat, and you can enjoy them even more when you know you are safe because you’ve taken appropriate precautions. Come up to the mountains and enjoy the excitement of Steamboat Springs with full, half, or one-eighth share ownership. Contact us today to see how fractional ownership could be right for you.