I went to Yosemite in 2011, which is the highest casualty year to date, I think. Three people went over Vernal Falls after walking past that very sign in 2011 (but not when I was there). I was in the park when someone fell. I didn’t witness that but did see the rescue helicopter parked and waiting and knew why they were there. While I was in Yose, my dog sitter who does search and rescue, was also in Yose on a search mission.
That said, my heart and eyes are still in Yosemite. I mentally see half dome daily. Really, I’d go there daily if it were possible.
One of these days, I’l make a new BB account in order to make sure I can remain ABSOLUTELY anonymous, and I’ll tell the story of how Red Fury almost became the beginning of a ‘Death Book’ for a World Monument site. Long story short: 104 degree day = no other tourists, hike in, twilight… and killer catlike curiosity.
“They’re not going find my remains until after coyotes do!”
That makes absolutely no sense. Prey-to-predator transmission of T. gondii only happens when the predator is a felid. As any fule kno.
I’m sticking with my explanation, i.e. that serotesting for T. gondii is not reliable.
Well, I’m just a fool who knows nothing about it. Argue with these guys. I have no cat in this fight.
And note that I am not suggesting that T. gondii was a factor in the incident under discussion in this thread.
The lifecycle of T. gondii may be broadly summarized into two components: a sexual component that occurs only within cats (felids, wild or domestic), and an asexual component that can occur within virtually all warm-blooded animals, including humans, cats, and birds.
The following have been identified as being risk factors for T. gondii infection in humans and other warm-blooded animals:…consuming raw or undercooked meat containing T. gondii tissue cysts. The most common threat to citizens in the United States is from eating raw or undercooked pork.…
Basic food-handling safety practices can prevent or reduce the chances of becoming infected with T. gondii, such as washing unwashed fruits and vegetable and avoiding raw or undercooked meat, poultry, and seafood.
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