"This is a good reminder for visitors to stick to the trail and avoid the vegetated areas where ticks like to hang out," said Evan Jones, the chief ranger for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Circumstances around the fall were not immediately clear, but the popular Altadena-area hike that features a waterfall at the edge of Angeles National Forest is one well known to search and rescue teams.
Of all the Californian animals that occasionally attack people, great white sharks are likely the scariest. Still, only one or two shark attacks a year are recorded in California, with a death about once a decade.
It is incredibly unlikely that you will ever even see a wild mountain lion, let alone be put in the position of negotiating your way out of an encounter safely. Still, every so often one will become far too curious and incautious for its own good.
Wandering deep into wilderness may not always result in peaceful surroundings. That's the message the Forest Service this week issued nationally, urging hikers and outdoor travelers to keep an eye out for marijuana cultivation sites.
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