Over the last month and a half I've seen at least 5 HL in a certain East Bay Regional Park while trail running. I've been going the park for nearly 30 years running/hiking/mt. biking and have never seen one. I very rarely see large ants. As a kid I used to catch snakes & lizards all the time here. I've never seen one in the wild here. Wondering if any one else has seen HL in No Cal. What are they eating? Are the protected? Last run I nearly swashed one sunning on the trail. No question it was a HL. Are they protected in California? Let a Park Ranger know what I saw and he never heard of any sighting here.