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Park rangers warn of tick danger on hiking trails

Park rangers are warning hikers of tick dangers on trails in Butte County.

Posted: May 14, 2019 5:43 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Park rangers are warning hikers of tick dangers on trails in Butte County.

James Ledonne, a park ranger, said he sees most ticks on Upper Park Road. 

"We are concerned about certain ticks the black-legged deer tick do carry limes disease and are prevalent in this area," he said. 

Ledonne said that it's best to wear light-colored clothing so that it's easier to see the ticks. 

He said that if hikers aren't sure what kind of tick may be on them, they should remove it and take it to Butte County Public Health to be tested. 

Ledonne also said its extremely important to stay on the path while hiking because if people stray they are more likely to be exposed to the ticks. 

John Lyons is a hiker in the area who has had his own first-hand experience with ticks. 

He took a quick walk on a path near Horse Shoe Lake and the next day, he realized he had a tick. He went to get it removed and had to be on 10 days of antibiotics. 

Lyons said it's important to only check yourself after a hike, but also your animals. 

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