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    ... and if we just ... Dangerous Animals on the Colorado Trail?

    I know, this sounds funny but it's a serious question.

    We like to do the whole Colorado Trail this september. We will carry all the gear with us.

    In Switzerland we have big mountains, so the physical effort is not he problem.

    What we don't have in switzerland are big animals like bears or poison snakes. So we are not familiar with this kind of challenge.

    Can anyone give me an advise, to what animals we should keep a eye of during the Colorado Trail and if we should take any "medicines against poision,..." with us?

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    Thanks a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by maettu
    I know, this sounds funny but it's a serious question.

    We like to do the whole Colorado Trail this september. We will carry all the gear with us.

    In Switzerland we have big mountains, so the physical effort is not he problem.

    What we don't have in switzerland are big animals like bears or poison snakes. So we are not familiar with this kind of challenge.

    Can anyone give me an advise, to what animals we should keep a eye of during the Colorado Trail and if we should take any "medicines against poision,..." with us?

    Thanks a lot

    regards from switzerland

    mat
    I have seen bears on the Colorado trail. Literally right on the trail rolling in the dust. There's not really anything you can take with you on a bike that will be of much use in a bear encounter.

    Snakes shouldn't be too much of a problem in the higher elevation ranges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maettu
    I know, this sounds funny but it's a serious questiWe like to do the whole Colorado Trail this september. We will carry all the gear with us.

    In Switzerland we have big mountains, so the physical effort is not he problem.

    What we don't have in switzerland are big animals like bears or poison snakes. So we are not familiar with this kind of challenge.

    Can anyone give me an advise, to what animals we should keep a eye of during the Colorado Trail and if we should take any "medicines against poision,..." with us?

    Thanks a lot

    regards from switzerland

    mat
    Hi Mat...In Colorado,we have black bears,mountain lions(there,but rare to see),bobcats,lynx,coyotes,and many other assorted critters..Most will be of no problem to you,except bears,which love candy and human food...When camping,always use common sense and hang your food up into a tree away from your campsite,and keep a clean campsite. I would suggest you do a search for Colorado Trail...there are several good websites,which can give you better info about your trip. Keep in mind that some areas run thru wilderness areas,where cycling isn't allowed,so detours will be part of your trip. Get the official trail guide,which shows the detours and trail re-routes. Also,some of the higher passes tend to be blocked by snow until June/July...again contact the trail association website for trail conditions. Start at the Denver end(lower elevation) and enjoy the trail...Happy trails............................................ ..............John
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    You could carry some pepper spray.

    Personally just use sense. Chances are if you're with a group there is no way a cougar is gonna bug ya. They ussually run off.

    Bear shouldn't be a problem unless it's a mother with cub/s. They can get a little pissed.
    Chances are probably the same as getting struck by lightning.

    Colorado welcomes you. ENJOY.

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    Pretty much what has already been said. I have seen many coyotes on the Colorado Trail. I have encountered one black bear on the trail and believe it was because of a fire in the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maettu
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    What we don't have in switzerland are big animals like bears or poison snakes. So we are not familiar with this kind of challenge...
    I'd be more concerned about the other large and dangerous creature that are prevalent here in the 'states: the Redneck:




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    ... and if we just ... yeah them bicycle tourist look good enuf to eat...yummy!

    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    I'd be more concerned about the other large and dangerous creature that are prevalent here in the 'states: the Redneck:



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    Oh man, thats good stuff

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    Don't go playing kissy face with any of the rodent species that you'll likely see!

    We took care of a bubonic plague patient last summer; got it from rodent/flea carriers up in the fam's summer cabin. It was not pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbikerjohn2003
    Also,some of the higher passes tend to be blocked by snow until June/July...again contact the trail association website for trail conditions.
    And they also can be closed by snow any time in September as you say you're planning. Again, http://www.coloradotrail.org/ might have specifics on when you can expect certain segments of the trail to get snowed in.

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    i wouldnt worry about it...just stop by a ranger station before you go and they'll tell you everything you need to know
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    dangerous aniamls

    mosquitos"mig" , ticks and tiny black flies would be more of a problem than predators, most big animal encounters are in areas close to front range population in the most wildlife in the mountains run from man .
    horses on the trail are a little scary though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    I'd be more concerned about the other large and dangerous creature that are prevalent here in the 'states: the Redneck:




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