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    Has this cougar checked you out before?

    It's likely. Captured yesterday for collar maintenance. I love how the entry reads almost like a personal ad, "she enjoys hunting deer on the steep slopes of Sierra Azul." I think about cats a lot while I'm pedaling up Kennedy at 2.2 mph...

    Anyone have mountain lion/interesting wildlife encounter stories? I saw one at Annadel a few months ago, and surprisingly, rather than being scared, I felt so lucky, like seeing the weeping face of Mary in a peanut butter sandwich or something. Been obsessed ever since.

    This project is neat, I'm sure someone's posted about it before.

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    Being from Chicago I don't normally worry about big cats. However there have been sightings in Wisconsin, northern IL and one was shot dead in Wrigleyville of all places a few years back. They are making there way here if they are not here already.

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    My buddies and I came across a huge cat in Sierra City, years ago. We were on the PCT heading towards Donner...we came around a corner and it was right there! My buddies dog chased after it; I didn't think his dog was coming back. Everything worked out, we got a good story and I don't ride that trail anymore.

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    I can only hope to be so lucky. I wear some spandex, and shirts that say "cougar bait" but, sadly nothing so far. Maybe a wink and a smile, but never the mauling I hope for.

    I have seen a bobcat at Fremont Older though, but no cougars yet on any of the parks I've been to.

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    I have encountered every type of animal at STCP EXCEPT a mt. lion. The strangest animals I've encountered there were frogs. Hundreds of them.

    I had a coyote run along side me while I was riding on the Harry Rd. trail one time, though. That was sweet.

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    Up in Sierra Azul, Iíve seen bobcats on 5 or so occasions, and three rattlesnakes. At STCP, Iíve seen half a dozen coyotes, two rattlesnakes, and a couple dozen wild pigs. On the singletrack in between Harry@Camden intersection and STCP, Iíve seen one mountain lion, two bobcats, and hundreds of fluffy little bunnies. On the singletrack that runs along the Los Alamitos mutli-use trail, Iíve seen bobcats on 4 occasions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Up in Sierra Azul, Iíve seen bobcats on 5 or so occasions, and three rattlesnakes. At STCP, Iíve seen half a dozen coyotes, two rattlesnakes, and a couple dozen wild pigs. On the singletrack in between Harry@Camden intersection and STCP, Iíve seen one mountain lion, two bobcats, and hundreds of fluffy little bunnies. On the singletrack that runs along the Los Alamitos mutli-use trail, Iíve seen bobcats on 4 occasions.
    but....have you seen a partridge in a pear tree?
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    A coyote was checking me out yesterday. Wily!

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    I think my buddy and I saw 28F before she had a collar. It was at night time and she just sat there about 15ft from us without a care in the world. Beautiful animal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    but....have you seen a partridge in a pear tree?
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    Quote Originally Posted by beaverbiker View Post
    I think my buddy and I saw 28F before she had a collar. It was at night time and she just sat there about 15ft from us without a care in the world. Beautiful animal.
    ...licking her chops, wondering if she could take you both down at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    but....have you seen a partridge in a pear tree?
    Nope, but one time when my sons and I were riding our bikes along the multi-use trail that runs alongside the Almaden Lake Park, we saw six geese aílaying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beaverbiker View Post
    I think my buddy and I saw 28F before she had a collar. It was at night time and she just sat there about 15ft from us without a care in the world. Beautiful animal.
    You should have bought that pretty cougar a drink! That's just good manners. Where were you?

    I saw two small bobcats at the top of Bohlman Road, I can't remember if I was riding road or crossing over from Montevina. Tons of coyotes at Fremont Older. Giant salamanders on Table Mountain trail.

    Also, once saw an elderly and/or sick bobcat in a neighborhood, at the base of Comer just off Pierce Road. Got a picture. It moved slow and looked really sad.
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    This thread would have much better pictures if it were in the DH/FR forum.

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    There's a bobcat that lives off the Harry Rd. connector trail to STCP. I know when it's around because I hear the birds going nuts.

    The bobcats and coyotes around here are insanely comfortable around humans. I saw a coyote wandering around Los Alamitos Creek Trail on a busy Saturday. I told people walking their tiny dogs to be careful, but in Almaden fashion - they laughed at me.

    I chased a bobcat on the pavement on Los Alamitos creek trail, as well. It was just cruising on the paved path, like it was nothing.

    The craziest thing I saw was a GIGANTIC paw print on that trail. That means, cougars are roaming around very close to peoples homes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    The craziest thing I saw was a GIGANTIC paw print on that trail. That means, cougars are roaming around very close to peoples homes.
    I think it's the other way around. The humans' homes have definitely encroached theirs.

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    Ran into a black bear at Mammoth two years ago....went straight up the tree. Proved to me that we can't out climb a bear...
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    so funny and true, if I was one of those dudes w/tons of 'rep power' I would hook you up.

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    This thread would have much better pictures if it were in the DH/FR forum.

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    I have spotted mountain lions twice at Mission Peak, both times were evening rides. 2nd sighting was much closer than I wanted as it was in the middle of the trail as I was descending. That was about 7 years ago I think.

    Have also come across bears at Downieville, which isn't so rare. Worse encounter was hitting a skunk on an early morning ride. That sucked.

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    I've seen a bobcat on the Bobcat trail appropriately enough. I also came around a switchback on the trail descending into Muir Beach from Mill valley and chased *some* kind of big cat down the trail for about 15 feet before it bounded off the trail, I swear that thing was too big to be a bobcat.

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    Rocky Rest bridge, Downieville

    Was drinking beers with friends post ride, and a big cat crosses the bridge from the Forest side to the Hwy 49 in late afternoon.

    In my state, I just watched bit. Lots of people around, but at that time, no one was near the bridge. The cat then re-crossed the bridge and disappeared.
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    Almost ran into a bear in Truckee this summer. Still no cougar though.
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    In the mid-1990s, I came across a full-size mountain lion that was in the creek bed that runs alongside Alpine Road in Portola Valley. I had recently read in the Mercury News that mountain lions were shy around people and I somehow translated that into mountain lions were afraid of people. So of course I stopped, dismounted and went down to the Creek edge to watch the mountain lion. I wised up in a hurry. If the mountain lion had a cartoon thought balloon above its head the thought balloon would be a picture of me between two slices of bread. Actually, the cat looked at me as if to say, "dude, what?" I must have walked backwards with my bicycle between me and the creek bed for about 200 feet, up Alpine Road and away from what must have been a very bemused cat.

    A couple of years ago, a smaller mountain lion crossed Page Mill Road in front of me just East of Palo Alto's Foothills Park. I stayed well away from that cat. I just appeared to be untrainable.

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    Almost ran into a bear in Truckee this summer.


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    ...Still no cougar though.

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    had a few bear run-ins

    in truckee, northstar, packer saddle, bottom of corral in south lake... i'm usually startling the bear, rather than vice-versa
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