Archive - Jul 1, 2011
Long ago, thousands of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep roamed the high Sierra, scattered along the crest of the range from Olancha Peak and all the way north to the Lee Vining Canyon area.
Agile, swift, secretive, this unique species of bighorn is only found in one place in the world: the Sierra Nevada; The vast majority of them roam on the Eastern Sierra side of the range. They seldom descend below 4,000 feet, spending most of their lives on the knife-edged, wind-swept peaks and ridges, where they find comparative safety from predators.
â€śDonâ€™t go in the water. Donâ€™t get anywhere near the water.â€ť
Thatâ€™s the advice of everyone from Mammoth Lakes Police to county sheriffâ€™s deputies to US Forest Service rangers this week, as hot summer temperatures finally hit the massive snowpack still suspended above Mammoth.
â€śYou can feel the vibration when you are just standing near the river, there is so much water right now,â€ť said Inyo National Forest spokesman Mike Johnson Thursday. â€śThere are just torrents of water coming down. Whatever you do, donâ€™t go in the water. Itâ€™s just very dangerous.â€ť
Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile Roads opened Wednesday and the shuttle buses are running. Yeah! But thereâ€™s a lot of water down there, and the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River is flooding. Plus, a lot of trails are damaged or under water. So, be careful, be very, very careful. ...