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    Scary animal encounters

    Would like to hear some stories of scary animal encounters you might have experianced out on the trails. Myself, I live in Wyoming. In case you don't know we have the lowest population in the country, lots of mountains, and lots of public lands. That means I see critters a lot on the remote trails I ride. Thankfully no bear or mountain lion run-ins (knock on wood).
    Last week I stopped on the trail to move a sunbathing snake out of the way so the next rider wouldnt squash it, I looked up and a cow moose with her calf were 10 feet away from me. She started swinging her head and walking towards me. I didn't stick around to take pics but that was not my first moose encounter. Moose are more dangerous to humans than many predators so I know to give them their distance. I have also had been chased by mama cows with their yearlings. Kind of funny in heinseight but those things are big and I don't know what sort of damage they could do if I were cornered.
    So yeah, let's hear it. I am really interested in this.

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    We scared all the animals out of one valley to the next one over....anyway turns out that was the valley we needed to ride...

    So we start up that valley....I see a moose jump out on the trail and run up the trail...buddy is ahead of me he starts yelling bear bear....I yell no moose moose....

    Then we see the bear chasing the moose up the trail......5 secs ahead and we are between the bear and the moose.....

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    Scary stuff guys!
    This past week in Breckenridge, Colorado I was zipping down on the pavement road at dusk with my not so bright lights on and saw a dark object on the road just ahead. I swerved to the side and just missed the object by a couple feet. Turned out to be a huge porcupine crossing the roadway. All I could think of on my way home was how bad that woulda sucked to hit.

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    I ran into a mother bear and her two cubs once. She acted like she was gonna charge me, but she just wanted to make sure her cubs were safe and the three of them took off away from me. Up in Maine a few years ago I stopped to take a breather, about 100 feet away a moose cow came out of the brush walking parallel to me, I watched in awe. But right behind her was a bull, most likely pursuing her to mate. He stopped and stared me down, I was a little concerned because the bulls can go ballistic especially during mating season, I was on a singlespeed in sandy soil and in no way could I outrun him. He eventually turned away and walked off into the trees following his prize.

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    Riding on the flatlands north of Fort Collins, Colorado I have had encounters with rattlers too. Most trails in Wyoming are too high elevation-wise so luckily I do not see them unless I go low.

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    Rattlesnakes are an occupational hazard in Arizona, and I have run over a couple and made 'em very very angry. Had one rear up in front of me on a steep rocky climb once too, when I had my head down grinding, but luckily I heard him before I got within strike distance. I always check under rocks when I stop before sitting on them, as I found one once under the rock I was sitting on a minute before.
    I was outside Anchorage once riding alone, and stopped on a powerline trail to find my bearings. I heard something big moving in the bushes next to me, and a mama moose with calf made a move at me, then pulled back. That scared to poop out of me!
    Another time I separated a javelina mother from her babies as they crossed the trail in front of me, and she charged at me. had to put my bike up in front of me, and backed up quickly to let the kids thru. She pulled away, but that got the heart pumping too!
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    I saw a bear, it was pretty cool i guess.

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    Dude was sitting enjoying a hot tub in Whistler after a day of riding and got smacked by a bear.....

    Black bear attacks man in Whistler hot tub - Yahoo! News Canada

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    Once in a great while have to chase off a bear so I can get a bike from one of the out buildings.

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    ran into a bull elk (~30 yards away) during the mating season out near estes park, CO. Don't know if I was actually in any danger or not, but he eyed me down for a good while before heading off in another direction.

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    Riding recently in Wawayanda State Park. Climbing up a single-track out of the woods and into an opening. I looked to my left and spot 4 big black balls of fur. It took a second to register. It was mama and 3 baby black bears. Mama and 2 took off and 1 baby launched up a tree. Within 10 seconds total, that one released down the tree and followed his family. They were as scared of me as I was of them. That my 6th bear encounter - 2nd in Wawa. I keep telling myself that some day I want to see bears close enough to get a good picture, yet far enough not to be scared sh!tless. Hasn't happened yet.

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    Last night I rode a pretty secluded trail. Got back to my truck and hear some weird yelping. I stood still and listened and realized it was a pack of coyotes getting closer. Heart raced and I booked the hell outta there. Will a pack of coyotes attack me if I was still on the bike in the trail?
    There's something about those long grueling climbs that gets my front end all stiff... And I'm not talking about lockout...

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    This does'nt really compare with moose, bears and rattler confrontations but I'll share anyway. While doing a road ride on a somewhat rural road in the great flatlands of IL, I saw a groundhog in the grass close to the shoulder and as I approached it I thought "these things are completely docile" and will just forage around in the grass and have me on its pay no mind list. Wrong, it started growling as I got close and when I got even with it it launched itself at me while growling fiercely. It did'nt make contact but did scare the bejesus out of me as I flinched away from it.
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    Dogs. Yes

    Mtn lions, bears--Meh. Part of the natural order. Not a problem.

    Dog one. 12 years ago. Came at me in the back country. Thought I could ride over him/her. So I learned something. Not a smart idea. I crashed and the injured dog ran off.

    Dog two. A couple of years ago. On a trail a mile from my house. Bit my ankle and drew blood.

    That's it. 20 years of riding and that's it.

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    racing a coyote, not scary but fun:

    a lone coyote jumped up fRom the tall grass about 10' ahead of me. coyote hauled azz along side trail and i peddled as fast as i could trying to keep up with him. just as i closed in he turned, jumped across the trail in front of me and ran up into the brush. i had a blast and i bet coyote did too ! prolly told the pack all how he beat me !

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    I was out at night hitting some local single track and came around a corner to a number of eyes shining off my headlamp. Turns out to be a pack of coyotes and they were not about to run away at the sight of me. I eyed them down for a minute as I planned a proper exit. Over the next two weeks in totally different areas I came around a corner (in broad daylight) and a coyote was in the middle of the trail. Both times they took off and I am certain they were more afraid of me that I was of them but it still hit home. I have considered attaching a bell to my camelbak to jingle as I bike down the trail to let all ahead both hikers and animals know I am coming.

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    I've seen a few black bears, one while mountain biking. I came up on that one fast, scared the crizzap out of him and he hightailed it out of there. It's funny to see them run, they are so stiff yet they move incredibly fast. Like they're made of nothing but muscle.

    The others were seen while hiking in an area of the mountains where there are a lot of houses and trash cans for them to forage through. That area has more black bears per square mile than anywhere else in the surrounding counties.

    I encountered a frightened female (species: human) coming down a mountain trail one day. She saw a bear and turned around, even though her boyfriend was waiting for her at the top, a mile away or so. I escorted her back up, making sure to stay behind her to admire her tight, healthy coat of lycra. When we got to the top, her BF just laughed at her and didn't seem to believe that she saw a bear. What a d00sh...

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    I almost ran over a snake. Not scary, just glad I didn't wipe out trying to avoid it. Would have felt bad running over one

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    Quote Originally Posted by kikoraa View Post
    Will a pack of coyotes attack me if I was still on the bike in the trail?
    Not likely anywhere. Coyotes are more interested in small game like rabbits, mice, young turkeys, etc. They are extremely wary of humans.

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    My friend rode over a vole tonight and it's death throws we're scary.
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    i crested a rise on a favorite local climb and ran into two completely naked dudes, one b***s deep in the other.

    i've had many, many bear and moose encounters but that one scared me the most of all.

    Recently I saw an old friend and we were reminiscing about a ride we did over 10 years ago, where on a descent he stopped and yelled for me to stop as there was a bear on the trail. I got off the bike and headed towards him slowly, only to have a pair of cubs jump out in front of me, maybe 5-6 feet away. He was trapped between the mother and the cubs, and I was almost touching distance from the cubs. A few tense moments (to say the least, I thought he was dead), the curious babies hauled into the woods and the mother followed.
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    A few years ago, my gf and I rode out into a clearing with a herd of bison towards the end of mud season at the bottom of Shadow Mountain, in WY. 30 ft away 2 bulls charged each other and locked horns. We felt the ground shake. Then, both bulls turned their heads towards us. We ditched the bikes and ran back into the treed area where we had came from. Waited for 45 minutes and picked up the bikes to make a sprint for the parking lot. That night I had bison from i got from Smith's (a local grocery chain) t.

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    Camping with no tent next to a river, waking up early in the morning with a mountain lion right at the foot of my sleeping bag starring me down and growling, tried to act calm and then I hid under my sleeping bag and didn't come out for a few hours. by far the scariest thing of my life aNd it still scares me to this day.

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    Almost hit a bear (VT). Mountain lion jumped onto the trail in front of me and ran in the same direction as I was riding for about 5 seconds (GA). Bull moose standing across the trail as I came around a corner (VT). I swear if I ducked, I could have ridden underneath it. The moose was the most frightening. That thing was huge. Came along side a shark windsurfing. Scarier than the moose.

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    Interesting about all the moose encounters people have had. I have read they are more dangerous than bear or mountain lions statisticy speaking. Luckily my run-ins have been nothing serious. I did get charged by a huge cow when I was riding through a heard once. They had me surrounded when I turned the corner and they had their yearlings with them. I know cows are essentially harmless, but a pissed off mama could do some damage if she got you on the ground.

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