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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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    "yeah, she's fat, but you'd take her for a ride."

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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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    My riding partner had never seen a mtn lion in person before until 2 cubs came into his yard a couple of weeks ago in Half Moon Bay and wouldn't leave. Here is the article and a couple of pictures his son took.

    Half Moon Bay cougar killing prompts demand for changes - San Jose Mercury News

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    Saw a cougar real life in Arkansas on Beaver Lake in about 2005. Was a highlight of my life. I wish I had a camera but I was swimming across the lake, approaching the shore. Cougar was sipping water on the shoreline.

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    Lion on Tam?

    Saw this a couple months ago going up towards the start of Rocky Ridge. Either a Mtn Lion leftover or some hungry growers. Other than that in Marin have nearly hit a coyote on Pine Mtn (within a foot or two), lots of Bobcats, and actually had a squirrel freak out and run into my leg at China Camp today. It was all nice and furry though. Lucky for both of us he didn't go into the spokes.
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    Leo,

    Surprised you left of the dozens of deer and countless turkeys at STCP...

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    Big kitty

    This one was on my patio recently. Big animal to have that close.
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    I've seen plenty of bobcats and coyotes over the years and a handful of mountain lions. My most recent sighting was a dark tan colored lion near the quarry in Wilder.

    The most memorable sighting was when I was with a pack of riders in the early 90s and we ended up briefly chasing two mountain lions down a fire road in Santa Barbara (headed towards Little Pine Mountain), then the tables turned after the cougars turned off into the brush at the bottom of the hill. No one wanted to be the last in line climbing that next section!

    Also notable was the time a few years ago when my wife was stalked at Skeggs while climbing Methuselah. Something was following her along the trail and growling at her from the slope above...

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    Duplicate post/timeout.

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    I was lucky enough to see a mountain lion last year while ridding on mount diablo with my son.

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    I do most of my riding at dawn, which is when they tend to be active.

    My first sighting was at Fremont Older. After a few loops of Seven Springs I was riding on Coyote Ridge and about to drop toward the ranger station/stevens creek and one was on the road, right before it starts coming down. It was about 40 yards from me and wouldn't move. Just stood there and looked at me. yeah, I turned around.

    My second sighting was at UCSC. I was parked in the Rincon parking lot and as I was getting ready in my car, I looked out the window and this huge Mountain Lion was standing right next to my car. I slowly crossed the road and disappeared in the hills.

    My third sighting was driving to Demo a big one crossed the road on Summit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bayareamtnbiker View Post
    This one was on my patio recently. Big animal to have that close.
    That's scary! Was it recent, I think I heard of some cats being put down/shot not too long ago.

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    Last year in the middle of the 6hrs of Weaverville MTB Race a mountain lion crossed the trail between me and my team mate about 50 yards ahead. For those who know the course it was after the initial big climb/fire road when you drop down into the single track. It disappeared nearly as fast as I saw it. I was more amazed than scared.

    I often wonder what you'd pick up with a GoPro pointed backwards when riding alone early in the morning. I probably don't want to know......

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    2 full days and I still have not commented in a Mt. Lion post...oh wait...
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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    That's scary! Was it recent, I think I heard of some cats being put down/shot not too long ago.
    Maybe 4-5 weeks ago - Evergreen area. Neighbor called cops, they tried to chase it away with shotgun beanbags, but it wouldn't leave. It ran at a cop so he shot it. They really didn't want to kill it.

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    I saw four bears once.

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/twQlpFrm5iM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    .. and a coyote on the way out to Rodeo Beach,

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    I used to ride Harvey Bear Ranch in San Martin a few times a week. On evening rides you would see a lot of wildlife out there. A lot of the normal turkey and deer. Coyotes and wild pigs fairly often. About a year ago I came around a corner to a younger mountain lion with a long tail, sign it wasnt a bobcatl. It turned and ran ahead down the trail for a few yards until it left the trail and took off down the hill. Not the most technical place to ride but good climbing, nice landscape scenery, and wildlife encounters make Harvey Bear pretty rad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christieland View Post
    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.
    When was that image taken? Date?

    I am working on a project and one of the goals is to better understand the effects of rodenticide on wild felids. Thanks DT

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    Saw a mountain lion at Bolinas Ridge about a week ago at the second gate about 1/4-1/2 mile from the trail head at Sir Francis Drake. He was behind a big rock next to the trail about 100 yds from a herd of cattle. When he saw me, he took off into a copse of trees at the top of the hill....I probably ruined his day. I figure the cattle rancher owes me a steak. It was my first mt. lion sighting. I thought mt. lions were "lion colored" by this one was very, very brown and his paws were about the size of those old baseball mitts.

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    I have seen them but never while riding. The weirdest animal experiences I have had lately are the crazy deer in Annadel State Park. They WILL NOT get out of the way! Aren't they supposed to be scared of us humans or something? I literaly came to a dead stop on my last two rides because of deer.

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    This was last season but I had a very large bobcat run me off the trail in Bidwell Park. It darted out in front of me and I literally had to wreck to not hit it. Makes me think it was stalking me but who knows. After crashing it sat in tree about 15 feet off and watched me. Kinda creepy. I did manage to dig the cell phone out and shoot a quick vid before I picked myself up. The quality is pretty bad, but you can def see the kitty.

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    I saw a wolf riding up in Auburn, I just kept going, figured it was best not to hang around
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobak04 View Post
    I saw a wolf riding up in Auburn, I just kept going, figured it was best not to hang around
    Wow! What kind of bike was he riding?

    Great stories and memories - so many amazing animals we share the trails with. I've never considered myself an environmentalist but damn mountain biking has definitely inspired a love of/respect for nature.

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    Have seen mt. lions twice while riding in the East Bay, once on Diablo years ago coming down Wall Point area and last summer in Briones. The Diablo cat was large but off in the distance on a rock just watching me. The Briones cat was smaller, close to the size of a small Lab. I came around a corner fast on a down hill (Mott Peak Trail) and it was crossing the trail right in front of me. I just remember the tails being so long seemed to be close to the length of their whole bodies.

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    One January night in Fernie BC I decided to walk into town (to the pub). It was very cold and snowing; -26C. As I started down the road behind the house a cougar walked up the embankment onto the road about 20m from me. He was huge - I can't believe the size of the hind legs. At that moment, I saw him, but he didn't know I was there, so I froze. It only took him a few seconds to become aware of me and fix his very worrying gaze on my sirloin area.

    What to do? Don't look dogs in the eyes - no help here. Cats don't like being eyeballed I thought, so I kept my eyes on him and started walking toward the cat, faster and faster as I went. It worked. Spooked, he took off over the embankment on the other side by a field. Let's say the next couple of hundred meter walk was nervous with eyes in all directions and I finally ran to the step of the nearest house and hung there scanning the road. Told the cops there was a cougar in town and they didn't believe me. It was reported a few times over the next 2 days though, so not imagination. Scary +++.

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