Jeremy Ranch Lifestyle
Tips & Tricks
Some overlooked aspects of being a Park City local is the importance of water conservation and wildlife safety. We are lucky to be apart of this beautiful community and by following these tips you can help keep Park City green. Also keep yourself and our neighborly animals safe by following the wildlife interaction tips!
Water Conservation Laws
Tips for Utah’s Dry climate
Interacting with animals
Even though they are nocturnal and dormant in the winter, stay alert, especially at dawn and dusk.
In wooded areas make noise
It is important to secure scented food especially because bears will come back to where they have found food in the past.
If you encounter a bear, talk to it and pick the kids up if you are with any. Back away slowly but do not run.
Avoid encounters. If they feel threatened, they will stand their ground and could possibly attack.
Although encounters are rare, in the unlikely event, protect your children and pets while backing away from the bobcat slowly. Avoid running and make lots of noise. If available to you, spray the animal with water.
Coyotes and foxes normally feed on small mammals so if you have small dogs or cats make sure they are supervised when outside. They also eat trash and pet food so it is a good idea to rid of all food attractants, trim vegetation, and possibly get a motion light if coyotes are becoming problematic. Overall they are normally not dangerous but following these steps can avoid any unwanted interactions.
It is not uncommon to see Elk in Park City. In the summer they live quite high and migrate lower in the winter. If you encounter an elk, keep your distance and keep in mind the signs of an agitated elk: ears back and stomping hooves.
If you encounter a mountain lion or cougar, never run or turn your back to them. Running might provoke their prey response so the best thing to do is to make yourself look bigger. Some ways to do this is by raising your bike or opening your jacket. Make eye contact, pick up children and in the rare event you are attacked, fight back and protect your neck and head.
Don’t allow your dogs to harass deer because it is actually illegal. At night, drive slowly to avoid hitting a deer. Keep your distance and don’t ever feed them.
Know moose can be aggressive especially if it is with her calf or it is during fall breeding. Give moose lots of space and back off slowly. Know the signs of aggression: hair standing up on the neck, snout licking, or ears back. Calmly talk to the moose and if you are charged, run and hide behind a tree and protect your head.
Skunks only have problems with humans if they find food or shelter near human development. In this case, call a licensed professional and if your dog has been sprayed, several remedies can be found online.
If you encounter a rattlesnake, do not harass or harm the snake and keep 5 feet away.