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    I was on a night ride last week and came around a corner to find 2 green eyes glowing back at me. A deer was lying right on the trail.
    Nothing wrong with a cougar experience. Did you at least get her number?
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    So I shoot off all full of bravado, hit this wee booter - grabbing some air, then I land - leading into a greasy rut.

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    it is a rare occurrence when I don't see something.

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    Ran into this little guy as I exited the San Juan trail on Halloween!

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    We see some Rattle Snakes in our area - but this one was the biggest.

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    Suicide Possum! Great name for a garage band...

    Possums have such skanky nasty looking mouths. I would have been freaking out- RABIES! DEMON POSSESSION!!!
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    "Pigs are the only real menace where I frequent..."


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    My daughter and I ran into this (band?) Of wild horses yesterday on an indian reservation.
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    Im not sure that I'd want to be on the same side of the canal as them.. the one up front was definitely the one in charge and was kind of showing off towards us which I would guess means to stay away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDK View Post
    My daughter and I ran into this (band?) Of wild horses yesterday on an indian reservation.

    Im not sure that I'd want to be on the same side of the canal as them.. the one up front was definitely the one in charge and was kind of showing off towards us which I would guess means to stay away.
    ^ That is so awesome!
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    I am taking my dept store Schwinn out to the ranch I run to ride. It's a fun place to ride. My wild horse (mare) Sugar wants to run with me I think. If she starts doing that, it may be fun.
    I wonder if a a mt bike would be good for herding cows. I think on one you can move faster and longer than a horse; won't impress cows like a horse though.

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    Fleet foxes. Four of them in south Jersey. I met them while riding in Island Beach State Park yesterday (3/11). Friendly enough and apparently very healthy but I was not exactly going to reach out and try to pet them.

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    Had an owl fly over my head, like maybe a foot away. That was pretty awesome. Also almost hit a day old little deer. He was still all shakey legged and could barely walk. He/she squaked real loud and tried to run off as fast as possible, but I had to wait for a bit because it wasn't too fast and about falling over. Had me a little nervous because I knew mama deer wasn't far away and I didn't want to stress any of them. I just turned my back and slowly went the opposite direction until it was off the trail so that I didn't seem like a threat. It was pretty dang cute though, I have to say.
    The worst one was an early morning ride before work, I almost hit a skunk. It sprayed but luckily I was mostly passed it, although unfortunately I was only mostly passed it and it did get me and the bike just a little bit. I went home and took a tomato bath and about rubbed my skin off. The smell luckily wasn't too strong but at work people kept saying either, "Do you smell a skunk?" Or "Someone smells like weed." Lol, not my finest hour but it sure could have been worse.

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    On our last ride, we heard a very loud "Ca-Caw"! It sounded closeby and human-like. I couldn't resist and echoed "Ca-Caw". We heard a Ca- Caw back at us. The other riders chimed in and the crow responded. Then we heard more loud caw sounds

    We looked up at the sky and spotted the crow chasing a hawk. The hawk was bigger but the crow had the upper hand.
    We suspect that the crows had a nest nearby and the hawk crossed the line

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    I almost forgot about the owls! On the same canal ride that we saw the horses we kept seeing all these little owls on the side of the canal. I think that they nest in holes under the concrete
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDK View Post
    I almost forgot about the owls! On the same canal ride that we saw the horses we kept seeing all these little owls on the side of the canal. I think that they nest in holes under the concrete
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    Burrowing Owl / cool sighting.

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    So I shoot off all full of bravado, hit this wee booter - grabbing some air, then I land - leading into a greasy rut.

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    Owls are definitely one of my favorite animals. When I was younger we had a couple of baby owls that were abandoned. We fostered them for a couple months until a refuge center could take them in, train them to hunt, and release them into the wild once they were old enough. It was so cool. They were so small they couldn't really fly yet and friendly as could be. We named them Sam and Hooter

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    So far as I know the only owls we have here are the big horned owls . We hear them all the time but they mainly come out at night. They won't fly with you.

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    Right in the middle of the trail. No explanation needed.

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    Lol thats great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BXCc View Post
    Right in the middle of the trail. No explanation needed.

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    ..he's just a squirrel trying to get a ..... oh nevermind..
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    So Jane asks Tarzan if he knows what sex is?

    He asks, "What sex?". So she explains the mechanics and asks if he's ever done that. Tarzan says, "Yes, with hole in tree".

    Jane says, "No, no, no, this is where you're supposed to do it", and lays down on the ground with her legs spread open, gesturing Tarzan to mount her.

    So Tarzan approaches, raises his right foot, and smashes down on her crotch as hard as he can. After several minutes of Jane rolling around and writhing in pain, she finally asks, "Dear god, why in the world did you do that?" To which Tarzan replies, "Check for squirrels."
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    On our last ride, we heard a very loud "Ca-Caw"! It sounded closeby and human-like. I couldn't resist and echoed "Ca-Caw". We heard a Ca- Caw back at us. The other riders chimed in and the crow responded. Then we heard more loud caw sounds

    We looked up at the sky and spotted the crow chasing a hawk. The hawk was bigger but the crow had the upper hand.
    We suspect that the crows had a nest nearby and the hawk crossed the line

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    Not sure why but crows and hawks have a very combative relationship. I've seen a group of a dozen crows force a red tail hawk out of the air into a tree, then off the tree onto the ground. I don't know how far they'll take it, but it's behaviour that I've witnessed over a dozen times.

    Out of all the birds, crows are the ones I don't like. Remind me of people too much.

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    I once saw a crow knock a Robin right out of the air, pecked it in the head on a fly-by.
    The Robin lay on the ground awhile, then the crow came back, picked it up and flew to a tree. I'm guessing it was dinner-time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    So Jane asks Tarzan if he knows what sex is?

    He asks, "What sex?". So she explains the mechanics and asks if he's ever done that. Tarzan says, "Yes, with hole in tree".

    Jane says, "No, no, no, this is where you're supposed to do it", and lays down on the ground with her legs spread open, gesturing Tarzan to mount her.

    So Tarzan approaches, raises his right foot, and smashes down on her crotch as hard as he can. After several minutes of Jane rolling around and writhing in pain, she finally asks, "Dear god, why in the world did you do that?" To which Tarzan replies, "Check for squirrels."
    Brilliant LOL.

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    Another crafty crow...



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    Quote Originally Posted by YYZ View Post
    Brilliant LOL.
    Yes it was....Licious
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    So I shoot off all full of bravado, hit this wee booter - grabbing some air, then I land - leading into a greasy rut.

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    Why crows chase owls.

    A good way to locate owls is to listen for the racket crows make when they find an owl. Crows harassing an owl, trying to drive it away, is called mobbing. Why do crows do this? Because owls eat crows, that’s why. Robert Burmaster who lives near Lake Nokomis took some wonderful photos that illustrate why crows make life uncomfortable for owls when they can. The first photo sho the Great Horned Owl with his captured (and apparently dead) crow. In the second photo, a live crow stands watch over the owl and his breakfast. The third photo shows the owl carrying his prey away after being dislodged by the dead crow’s compatriots.

    The photographer watched this action for about 40 minutes, the crows driving the owl from one tree to another. He said that the crow flock numbered about 50.

    Taken from this newspaper article: Why crows chase owls | Wingnut | StarTribune.com
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    Groups of birds:

    Some of these are new to me.

    Groups of birds:

    bevy of quail
    bouquet of pheasants
    brood of hens
    cast of hawks
    charm of finches
    covey of partridges
    flight of swallows
    gaggle of geese
    murder of crows
    nye of pheasants
    siege of herons
    skein of geese
    trip of dotterel
    wisp of snipe
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    Kettle of vultures.
    Hold my beer and watch this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brisk Eddie View Post
    Kettle of vultures.
    Those fellers are a little tough though...cook 'em a little longer and make sure you stir 'em regularly.
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    Well I see deer quite often where I ride. Last year I saw a pretty good size bobcat that was surely not afraid of me and I have seen quite a few gopher snakes and on my ride yesterday I ran across my first rattlesnake.

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    We didn't see many birds today, but we heard them. Including the "cheeseburger bird" . I kid you not! This bird's (chickadee) call sounds like it's saying "cheeeeeese-burger"

    And we saw found a tree pulverized by a hungry wood pecker

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    Need to get rid of those "wild" horses. They are just another non-native invasive species.

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    I have heard that crows are very monogamous. I would imagine that they really don't like to lose their mates. Mockingbird and scissortails also don't like hawks and buzzards.

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    I few years back I was at Grant Ranch County Park.
    It was the morning after a big storm and there were downed trees, branches, etc everywhere. I was on a fairly steep climb when I noticed a large log 30 yards ahead, just to the right of the trail. Figured it was storm debris. As I got closer I thought it looked more like a black cow ( cattle in the area). But NO....as I pulled alongside this 'cow", I saw it was a wild pig. They're common up there, but during the daytime? Out in the open? Well, it musta' been sick or dead or...NO! This boar hears me, gets up and is literally running alongside me as I'm grinding up the trail. He was 3-4 feet away and I swear the ground was shaking. "Holy S**t" I'm thinking...if this guy decides to make a left turn, it's gonna be like getting hit by a Buick. And I'm not gonna outrun him, that much I knew.
    Well, it seemed like forever ( but was probably only 10 seconds), but he turned right and took of into the bush. Hell, he was probabably a alarmed as I was!

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    This past September we had just finished a mountain bike ride at Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah (in the Moab area) and were in the parking lot wrapping things up. Across the lot there was a van (maybe Western Spirit tour group?) whose occupants had gone off for a ride, but left two small-ish coolers by the van in the shade.

    Two crows showed up and started pecking at the tops and side of the coolers until they got the lid of one open and started to go after the contents and actually managed to get two oranges out before we ran over, closed the lids, and put rocks on top.

    Crows are big birds and have big strong bills! I was really impressed by their ingenuity and persistence. We saw the group return later and let them know why there were rocks on top of the coolers.
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    Most crow incidents are really not crows but their larger cousins the,ravin. If the bird is the size of a seagull its a raven. Crows are much smaller. Both are very smart and can problem solve.
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    So I shoot off all full of bravado, hit this wee booter - grabbing some air, then I land - leading into a greasy rut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Most crow incidents are really not crows but their larger cousins, the raven. If the bird is the size of a seagull it's a raven. Crows are much smaller. Both are very smart and can problem solve.
    Thanks for the clarification and you are correct. Based on the size of the birds and their large bills, the birds were ravens, not crows.
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    Found this

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    Can you spot the woodpecker? (couldn't get the telephoto pic)

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    Sure, he's right there in the tree.
    Hold my beer and watch this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Most crow incidents are really not crows but their larger cousins the,ravin. If the bird is the size of a seagull its a raven. Crows are much smaller. Both are very smart and can problem solve.
    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    Thanks for the clarification and you are correct. Based on the size of the birds and their large bills, the birds were ravens, not crows.
    Yep the raven is a larger version of the crow. I had a feeling they were ravens rather than crows. Ravens are a bit more bolder but both are tenacious problem solvers.

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    Found this

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    Good find Licious.

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    Can you spot the woodpecker? (couldn't get the telephoto pic)

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    Yep he looks like a Downey Woodpecker. I've got one that frequents my back yard. He's been very clever and hard to photograph. Always working his way to the opposite side of the tree trunk just as I'm about to snap a photo, and then flying away. Good catch with the lens on your part.
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    So I shoot off all full of bravado, hit this wee booter - grabbing some air, then I land - leading into a greasy rut.

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    Speaking of crows: I was being heckled by one a few weeks ago, it was making a very odd call at me, which I was convinced was a human. I stopped my bike to see what the heck was going on. Now that I think about it, it may well have been a raven, they have a lot of vocal ability. I wish I could share the sound it made. I don't even know how to explain it!

    I think rabbits are the most common animals I see on the trails. They are fast little buggers and sometimes startle me running right out in front of my bike when i'm at speed.

    My most interesting wildlife encounter so far was popping into a group of elk in a copse of trees. I was only thirty or so feet away from them. It was one bull and a bunch of cows. We looked at each other for awhile, and I tried to get my phone out to snap a picture. I later learned that the bulls can be more aggressive when they are with their ladies. I'm glad they didn't charge me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by db440 View Post
    I think rabbits are the most common animals I see on the trails. They are fast little buggers and sometimes startle me running right out in front of my bike when i'm at speed.
    Snapped a pic of this little guy on this morning's ride.


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    I ran into 4 wild turkeys the other day during a ride. They left me alone, but were slightly intimidating walking along the trail!

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    Ran into this guy on the trail the other day. This is actually the second one I have seen in the last week. The first took off before I could get out my camera. Now that it is warm, I will likely be seeing a lot more of them.
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    Not exactly an animal, but I found a shed from a little 8 point buck yesterday



    Saw this big dude while riding on a frozen lake a couple weeks ago


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    piebald deer

    Saw a piebald deer last week. It was too fast to get a picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobLyman View Post
    Saw a piebald deer last week. It was too fast to get a picture.

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    Very cool and a very rare sight. A piebald deer is a color variation between a normal colored deer and a white pigmented deer. The white deer are very rare but the piebald deer is even more rare. A Whitetail deer I presume you saw.


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    amazing how i keep running into elk, during elk hunting season on my bike.
    good thing i have my bob with me to take them home.

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    C2L, as usual some amazing photography. ^
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    Those are great pics C2L!

    We spotted a coywolf on our ride yesterday. It was moving too quick to get a pic. Looked like a big German Sheppard

    We did spot a crows nest

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    Nice! ^^^ crows nest.

    Here's a Red Tailed Hawk I snapped a shot of last week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    We didn't see many birds today, but we heard them. Including the "cheeseburger bird" . I kid you not! This bird's (chickadee) call sounds like it's saying "cheeeeeese-burger"

    And we saw found a tree pulverized by a hungry wood pecker

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    LOL, nice to know I'm not the only one that calls that bird a 'cheeseburger' bird!

    Here in Northern Nevada, there's suicidal rabbits and quail. Birds galore as we are near a migratory flyway. Deer roaming downtown, and usually three or four bear have to be trapped in the middle of town and taken away. Mountain lions are common as are rattlesnakes, bobcats and coyotes.

    What's really startling are the nightjars, a little bird that is sometimes called a Bullbat. They hunt insects at night, but what's spooky is that they are brown in color and like to sit in the middle of a dusty road. No, sit isn't right, they hunker down and disappear until you come blasting down the road and then they explode out of the road almost underneath you!! Talk about a major adrenaline rush!

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    Quote Originally Posted by loneviking View Post
    LOL, nice to know I'm not the only one that calls that bird a 'cheeseburger' bird!

    Here in Northern Nevada, there's suicidal rabbits and quail. Birds galore as we are near a migratory flyway. Deer roaming downtown, and usually three or four bear have to be trapped in the middle of town and taken away. Mountain lions are common as are rattlesnakes, bobcats and coyotes.

    What's really startling are the nightjars, a little bird that is sometimes called a Bullbat. They hunt insects at night, but what's spooky is that they are brown in color and like to sit in the middle of a dusty road. No, sit isn't right, they hunker down and disappear until you come blasting down the road and then they explode out of the road almost underneath you!! Talk about a major adrenaline rush!
    Those Bullbat's sound diabolic!
    Our local riding areas are currently overpopulated with deer so it's plenty of good eats for the coywolves.


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    Damselfly taking in the scenery

    Nope, it's not a Dragonfly. Dragonfly's wings do not fold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Nope, it's not a Dragonfly. Dragonfly's wings do not fold.

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    This is from Oct 12, 2013.
    During my bike ride this morning I got attacked and nearly severely injured. I surprised a ground hog while riding in a grassy area. He was on top a steep hill sunning and eating, he heard me but he didn't see me. It was a narrow area with a drop off to my left and a slope to the right that I had just pedaled up. He started running towards his burrow it was in my path of travel. He was running and as I got closer he was running and growling. I didn't know they growled. When he was right in front of my wheel he turned and stood to face me and fight I guess growling and hissing. I was leaning back in my saddle and trying to steer around his path to the burrow. He turns to fight, front paws up and hissing. My front wheel hit him right in the stomach, he fell back on his side........I turn my wheel and sweep him with the tire towards his burrow and he runs into it. I start laughing and nearly fall off my bike and down the hill. I laughed the rest of the way home. I'll take a peace offering back tomorrow. What kind of delicacies do ground hogs like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHIEF500 View Post
    This is from Oct 12, 2013.
    During my bike ride this morning I got attacked and nearly severely injured. I surprised a ground hog while riding in a grassy area. He was on top a steep hill sunning and eating, he heard me but he didn't see me. It was a narrow area with a drop off to my left and a slope to the right that I had just pedaled up. He started running towards his burrow it was in my path of travel. He was running and as I got closer he was running and growling. I didn't know they growled. When he was right in front of my wheel he turned and stood to face me and fight I guess growling and hissing. I was leaning back in my saddle and trying to steer around his path to the burrow. He turns to fight, front paws up and hissing. My front wheel hit him right in the stomach, he fell back on his side........I turn my wheel and sweep him with the tire towards his burrow and he runs into it. I start laughing and nearly fall off my bike and down the hill. I laughed the rest of the way home. I'll take a peace offering back tomorrow. What kind of delicacies do ground hogs like?
    Hilarious!
    When I was a kid I discovered a woodchuck living behind our firewood stack in the garage. So yes I can vouch that they do growl and hiss. LOL

    Scared the crap out of me at 10 years old.
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    Family at a local lake doing some fishing and this little mohawker decided to try and steal a minnow from us. So in exchange I got a close up shot.
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    A friend of mine saw a 'chuck stealing his blueberries. Snuck up behind him with a five gallon bucket, went to trap him with it, but only got him by one leg.
    My buddy told me that critter instantly turned into the Tasmanian Devil, growling, hissing, snarling, snapping.
    He didn't know what to do then, but in the end the critter got free and ran away.

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    Hilarious!
    When I was a kid I discovered a woodchuck living behind our firewood stack in the garage. So yes I can vouch that they do growl and hiss. LOL

    Scared the crap out of me at 10 years old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobLyman View Post
    Saw a piebald deer last week. It was too fast to get a picture.

    https://www.google.com/#q=piebald+deer
    I saw a piebald (didn't know there was a term for it) fawn a few weeks ago. I wasn't riding, but I was near a trails It's the first one I have seen in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain_America1976 View Post
    I saw a piebald (didn't know there was a term for it) fawn a few weeks ago. I wasn't riding, but I was near a trails It's the first one I have seen in person.
    And it could possibly be the last one you ever see in the wild. It's that rare of a sight. Congrats!
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    Vegas was always a great place to ride due to the wild life

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    Pileated woodpecker went to town on this tree

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    the last climb out of the marin headlands at the end of the day...i liked the background them deers was against...
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    first rattlesnake encounter in the desert today at cottonwood outside of vegas. First climb of the ride and going kinda slow to warm up. A buzzing kind of sound started and i just assumed it was some kind of locust being im from indiana. Then i ride another 2 ft and i see the rattler in strike mode about 1.5 ft to my right. Super greasy situation so I had no intentions of taking a picture after i passed it. Now that I know the sound and what it comes from i will be way more cautious next time i hear it. Stoked i finally spotted one.
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    Ran across this Bobcat on a ride a couple of weeks ago.

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    wondered where the cockadoodling was from and found...wild chickens in the western end of san francisco's golden gate park...a local told me they'd been living there for quite some time...
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    Just had this critter prowling through my front yard. Too bad I was shooting through the windows, but I generally give bears a wide berth - especially as I thought mamma bear might be near

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladmo View Post
    Just had this critter prowling through my front yard. Too bad I was shooting through the windows, but I generally give bears a wide berth - especially as I thought mamma bear might be near

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    Nothing out of the ordinary, had a few bobcat sightings on the trail, probably the coolest thing that's happened. Run across deer, possum, skunks, river otter, beavers, raccoons, copper heads, cotton mouths and such. I did hit a squirrel once after he crossing in front of me. He started running along the trail with me and then darted right in front. He got caught in my spokes and was flung up right in front of me doing some sort of kung fu looking flip before landing off the trail and darting off in to the woods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Awesome! Where do you live?
    I'm about 15 miles due east of downtown Seattle. I knew there were bears around, but this is the first I've seen in my yard. Very cool, but now my wife is afraid to go outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladmo View Post
    I'm about 15 miles due east of downtown Seattle. I knew there were bears around, but this is the first I've seen in my yard. Very cool, but now my wife is afraid to go outside.
    LOL!
    Yes but after spring is over and the cubs leave the mother, Black Bears are pretty timid of humans. Play that angle and I'm sure she'll calm down.

    Edit: Never mind I just Googled it and Black Bear cubs stay with momma for a year and a half / 17 months. So on second thought both of you better stay inside for the summer.
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    Moose! Didn't even see her (I think it was a her) until I was about 5 feet away; they sure blend in this time of year! I can spot deer fairly easily, but I've seen tons of them on rides. The moose moved like 10 feet and gave me a glare. I stopped, apologized and carried on my way. I think we had a moment! I've since put a bear bell on my bike, and if it accomplishes nothing else, the hiker's seem to appreciate it!

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    You were so close to it! Looks like a very young cub.

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    1) Years ago, a buddy and I were driving from the Bay Area to Humboldt for the 12 Hours of Humboldt race. It was late, and dark as we were driving down the freeway. A pickup truck was approaching from the opposite direction when a deer leapt right out in front of the pickup. The deer was launched from the pickup, across the freeway right at my car. I accelerated just enough and the deer went under us like a huge speed bump.

    We stopped to see if the people in the truck were OK, and check on the deer. The people in the truck took off like they had just broken a law. The deer was dead so we dragged it to the side and went on our way.

    That night when we camped, my buddy couldn't get over the smell of the dead deer bits clinging to the underside of my car. I don't think he got much sleep - but he still took 1st in his category for the race.


    2) On an early morning ride once, I heard a dog run up behind me. I turned to look, and saw that it was a coyote just running along next to me. We went down the trail together for a few minutes before it jumped off the trail and disappeared. I've seen coyote lots of times, but never before (or since) had one actually approach me, let alone run along side me.


    3) Another time on a group night ride, I was in the lead when I saw a tiny pair of eyes on the trail in the distance. As I approached I saw that it was a skunk. I stopped and waited for it to leave the trail but instead it charged me and chased me down the trail a good 50 yards. Little bugger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D.Ambrose View Post
    1)2) On an early morning ride once, I heard a dog run up behind me. I turned to look, and saw that it was a coyote just running along next to me. We went down the trail together for a few minutes before it jumped off the trail and disappeared. I've seen coyote lots of times, but never before (or since) had one actually approach me, let alone run along side me.
    I had something similar one time. A coyote ran out on the trail in front of me. It kept stopping to look back at me, then run another 25 yards, stop and look back again, etc... Eventually, it ran into the bushes and I didn't see it again. Only thing I could think of is it is a mother trying to lead me away from her babies.

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    Lots of deer encounters. On a night ride with a group of 4 - 5 guys I was in the lead. I fly around a turn to see a tiny fawn on the trail in front of me. It couldn't have been more than a few months old. We both hit the brakes, and I just missed running the little guy over. He took off towards mom after we both stopped. On the same trail on a different night there was a huge buck sitting a foot off the trail. He would not move. It was in the middle of the rut, and he had 7 - 8 does behind him. When we got within 5 feet he finally stood up. We had to throw a log in his direction to get him to move enough, so we could get by. Other than that I have seen the ass end of a few black bears.

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    It's been a few years. This one wasn't the biggest, maybe 6-7 feet, but the only one who stayed around while I took a photo.
    How can anyone who's been riding as long as I have, be so slow???

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    A bloody HUGE turkey. Poor phone photo while he tried to get away, but gives the size of the bird right in the center.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tylerw View Post
    first rattlesnake encounter in the desert today at cottonwood outside of vegas. First climb of the ride and going kinda slow to warm up. A buzzing kind of sound started and i just assumed it was some kind of locust being im from indiana. Then i ride another 2 ft and i see the rattler in strike mode about 1.5 ft to my right. Super greasy situation so I had no intentions of taking a picture after i passed it. Now that I know the sound and what it comes from i will be way more cautious next time i hear it. Stoked i finally spotted one.
    There are timber rattlers in Southern Indiana. There was a family friend that killed one a couple years ago that was in the 7' long range. Then one day we was riding the local trails and heard what we believed to be one in the brush near the side of the trail. We never confirmed it was one because I have no desire to tempt fate, but it definitely sounded like one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Rob View Post
    There are timber rattlers in Southern Indiana. There was a family friend that killed one a couple years ago that was in the 7' long range. Then one day we was riding the local trails and heard what we believed to be one in the brush near the side of the trail. We never confirmed it was one because I have no desire to tempt fate, but it definitely sounded like one.
    A rattlesnake rattling is a pretty distinct sound. If you heard one you'd know it. I've been in rattlesnake country all my life and when they rattle it's an undeniable sound.

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    Last summer lil fella poked his head into my open door. I thought it was the neighbors dog . . . "oh hey budd . . .SHHHHHHIIIIIIIIII!" he stood up, I stood up, luckily he spooked and turned around/mama wasn't close. I see them on the trails around here pretty often, but having one in the house is wild.animal encounters-bearly.png

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    Spotted this little salamander. We were careful not to disturb the area

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    Oh my, how did I miss this thread??? I have seen many, many different animals:

    *black bears
    *bobcats
    *deer
    *squirrels
    *birds of all kinds
    *cougars
    *coyotes
    *skunks
    *elk

    but I am a reptile fanatic so I usually stop to take pics of my encounters:
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    ^ Love these animal pics... this page (and thread) rocks!

    Last summer one of the staff discovered a garter snake (about the size of the one in Hawg's last pic) that found it's way from a ground floor patio to our hospital lobby. Staff were frantic. Someone paged security. I happened upon the commotion, spotted the snake, picked it up gently, carried it outside and put it back in the garden. Crisis was over and calm was restored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    ^ Love these animal pics... this page (and thread) rocks!

    Last summer one of the staff discovered a garter snake (about the size of the one in Hawg's last pic) that found it's way from a ground floor patio to our hospital lobby. Staff were frantic. Someone paged security. I happened upon the commotion, spotted the snake, picked it up gently, carried it outside and put it back in the garden. Crisis was over and calm was restored.
    Atta girl.

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    Sounds like a sensible solution, but I don't mind admitting, snakes scare the beejeezus out of me. Not sure why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuryan View Post
    Last summer lil fella poked his head into my open door. I thought it was the neighbors dog . . . "oh hey budd . . .SHHHHHHIIIIIIIIII!" he stood up, I stood up, luckily he spooked and turned around/mama wasn't close. I see them on the trails around here pretty often, but having one in the house is wild.Click image for larger version. 

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    Similar story. Walked out the front door just in time to see the butt end of my neighbors Newfoundland go behind my truck. I snuck up on the truck and jumped around the corner to scare the dog (in fun - he's a cool dog), only to discover that it was a black bear, not a Newfoundland. Scared the crap out of both of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    ^ Love these animal pics... this page (and thread) rocks!

    Last summer one of the staff discovered a garter snake (about the size of the one in Hawg's last pic) that found it's way from a ground floor patio to our hospital lobby. Staff were frantic. Someone paged security. I happened upon the commotion, spotted the snake, picked it up gently, carried it outside and put it back in the garden. Crisis was over and calm was restored.
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    So I shoot off all full of bravado, hit this wee booter - grabbing some air, then I land - leading into a greasy rut.

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