Park Ranger Safety Tips for Hitting the Parks this Summer

Chico City Park Ranger James LeDonne talks about avoiding dangerous wildlife, hot temperatures and protecting yourself and your belongings.

Posted: May 24, 2018 4:08 AM
Updated: May 24, 2018 9:22 AM

Chico, Calif.-- With beautiful Spring weather continuing across the North State, thousands or visitors are expected to hit the trails and swimming holes at Chico's Bidwell Park.

While heading to the great outdoors is an affordable and healthy activity that most anyone can enjoy, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Action News Now talked to Chico City Park Ranger James LeDonne about some of the risk.

One, he says, is the wildlife. LeDonne says both rattlesnakes and ticks are also out there on the trails.

He suggests keeping on eye on where you step, and if you get bitten by a snake, get to a hospital right away. Do not run to your vehicle or try to suck the venom out of the bite.

As for ticks, check yourself well after a hike and if you find one on you, do not use a lighter or match to burn them out, carefull pull them out using tweezers and make sure to remove the head.

You should also bring water and stay hydrated as temperatures warm up.

When you leave your car in a lot in Upper Park, make sure not to leave any valuables inside, and any items in your vehicle should be hidden out of sight, or locked in your trunk.

The warmer weather also means wildfire season, so LeDonne urges people not to park along the shoulder of any exit roads going in and out of the park.

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