Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: So Cal
Bikes: I don't own any bikes
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It's always a good thing to know something about lions... I am a woman and think nothing of riding alone. I am more fearful of creepy men than lions. Lions will generally avoid all contact during the day and become active at dusk and into the evening. They like deer, not people so aways act like people and not deer. Know what to do if faced with a lion (act big, makes alot of noise, keep the bike between you and the lion)... anyway I would not worry. Just ride with confidence and enjoy the scenary.
BTW the man killed by the lion in So Cal (Whiting Ranch) - Mark Reynolds - did everything wrong (unfortunately) - it was dusk, he had pulled off the main road to fix a flat, he was bent over (crouching) and distracted; not paying attention. The lion was young and inexperienced and had lost his mother so was starving - just a weird series of events.
I ride in all the So Cal parks without fear. In Chino Hills it's not usual to be in the company of bobcats and coyotes who will trot along beside bike riders - thankfully there are tons of bunnies so the cats and dogs are well fed and could care less about us humans... I would be more fearful of a squirrel (cause it carries plague) than a lion, cat or coyote.
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