Most Recent Possible Sightings

Confirmed Sighting: May 9 2012, north Chevy Chase. [2011]December 11, neighborhood outside Colombia Country Club. October 20, Colombia Country Club. September 14, Candy Cane City and into Rock Creek Park. September 7 or 8, Brookville and Shepherd in Chevy Chase, and then back south on Connecticut to Chevy Chase circle (where she is getting water, we believe). August 28th, on Thornapple in Chevy Chase, and then headed south on Connecticut!

(For other sightings, see archive at the bottom of the page.)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

How big is Rock Creek Park?

We've speculated from the first night of searching that Sassafras would be drawn to Rock Creek Park - it has food (picnic areas, small animals), water and vegetation and other natural formations that would offer shelter.

It makes our search much more difficult, though.  Not only is Rock Creek Park about 1700 acres (2000 acres if you include all the local contiguous parks), it is part of the national park system, and we cannot post any flyers in the park.  We've asked as many people as we can to hand out business cards with our information and Sassy's picture, and we post flyers on the streets along side the park.  We hike along the trails we used to hike with Sassafras to put our scent down, in the hope that this will make her stick to the area where we've tracked her.

Also part of the challenge?  Much of Rock Creek is down a ravine, so cell phone coverage is weak.  People may not be able to call us as soon as they see her, and even if they can, they cannot always pinpoint exactly where they are on a trail.

And yet, despite how much more difficult it makes it to find her, I am glad that we know she uses the park since I see cars as the #1 threat to her survival, and there are fewer of them there than anywhere else she could be.

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