Olympic National Park Warnings and Dangers

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    Don't feed the wildlife

    by toontown Updated Oct 23, 2006

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    chipmunk on hurricane hill

    There are warning signs all over the Park saying not to feed the wildlife because the animals become too tame and are spoiled for their natural environment. We experienced this first hand when we camped on Kalaloch Beach. We were barbecuing steaks on the grill, having a drink and some snacks. We turned around and a big racoon had walked right into the camp and had grabbed the bowl of chips we had next to the chairs and was about to make off with it as bold as can be. It dropped the bowl and ran off but came back three times before we convinced it that it wasn't welcome.

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    Do not feed the wildlife

    by goingsolo Written Jul 9, 2006

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    I usually feel pretty silly posting this tip on every page, but I saw something at Olympic that made me think it is actually necessary. This deer was grazing in a populated area near the Hurricane Ridge visitor's center. Several people, including myself, were taking pictures, trying to keep some distance from the animal. A woman walking by with her two small children actually told her son that deer are "very tame" and that the little boy could feed them if he liked. No matter how many signs there are saying "Do not feed the wildlife", people just don't seem to get it. I've heard stories about animals attacking people who did incredibly stupid things like pose their children on or next to a wild animal and actually thought and, well, hoped, these stories were made up. This woman actually reached into her bag to hand the little boy some sunflower seeds so that he could presumably hand feed a not so tame animal. I was about to intervene, but, fortunately, she did not do this and they moved on.

    Deer may look like sweet tame animals but they are capable of attacking. At Olympic, deer are everywhere and many have lost their fear of humans and will graze while scores of people walk by. This does not mean that its safe to feed them or, even worse, to allow your children to do so.

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    G-- D----- GOATS!

    by mtncorg Written Nov 25, 2003

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    'Put the Pack down and I will let You go!

    Mountain goats definitely fall into the 'cute' category. They are fairly bold creatures, but won't be much of a problem to you until you decide to do a rock climb, high up on some Olympic ridge somewhere. If you drop your pack, at the rock section -Mt Cruiser in the southeast corner of the Park comes to mind here - your pack becomes a beacon to before-hidden mountain goats. They wait til you are halfway up before making their move. That pack has absorbed so much of your nice salty sweat, it is a mother lode. You know how far a mountain goat has to go to the store for salt? Your pack is like the pizzaman has just delievered. A chewed up pack with no shoulder straps, can be a very hard thing to hike off the mountain with.

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    RAIN

    by mtncorg Written Nov 25, 2003

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    A 'light mist' upon Lower Flapjack Lake

    Whenever you go into the Olympics, you need tothink hard about the weather. Rainfall is unlike what you find in the eastern US - an hour or so in the late afternoon. Here it rains a week at a time. Maybe not hard, but then again ...... Hikers and campers should be especially be ready. If you are wet, hypothermia can be not far off.

    When the weather is grand, the Olympic beauty is of gold medal quality. If the weather forecast is bad, go visit Paul Allen's Music Museum in Seattle or sip coffee at a Starbucks - better yet, a local brew at Big Time Brewpub on the Ave (University Avenue) near the University of Washington (Just ignore all of the purple and gold, which looks an awful lot like yellow and green - NW-oriented joke) - unless you want to see a rainforest in the rain.

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    Watch out for deer

    by toontown Written Oct 23, 2006

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    Deer in Olympic National Park

    We saw lots of deer on the side of the road while we were in the area of the Park. Driving too fast in areas close to brush could be hazardous to them and to you!

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