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Tim Medvetz leads the way through the canyon as Kym and Michael Cook follow through dense brush.

Tim Medvetz leads the way through the canyon as Kym and Michael Cook follow through dense brush. (View larger version)

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  • Owyhee Canyons are indeed considered one of the most remote and inaccessible areas in the Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada area.

  • Some of the animals that live in Owyhee include black bears, cougars, coyotes, snakes, and spiders.

  • Rattlesnakes are found in Owyhee. Precautionary steps must be taken to ensure safety.

  • Twisting your ankle can mean you not being able to climb out of a canyon or any other situation you’re in. You would be limited to slow and leveled walking and nothing more.

  • Panicking after a bite will raise your heart rate which will spread the venom throughout your body quickly.

  • You can avoid rock fall by evaluating the condition of the rocks you are walking under. You should also make sure you are not standing under a rock in case it breaks apart.

  • Cougars are indeed the largest cats in the Owyhee and they go by many names including mountain lion and puma.

  • Almost 1,000 bat species in the world and they make up a quarter of the mammal population.

  • Elk have multiple chambers in their stomachs. This helps them to break down tough foods and extract the necessary nutrients.