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    Quote Originally Posted by watermonkey View Post
    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.

    One way to avoid this scenario again would be to shave the dogs rump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladmo View Post
    Sounds like a sensible solution, but I don't mind admitting, snakes scare the beejeezus out of me. Not sure why.
    Ride with me and I will change that for you with some exposure to snakes that we would encounter. The first step is to pet them. From there, it's all easy. Pretty soon, you're holding them and even riding around with one loosely wrapped around your neck for show.

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    Speakin of the devil, this was out on the walking trail in the park area around my office today. I did not pet it and wrap it around my neck though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladmo View Post
    Speakin of the devil, this was out on the walking trail in the park area around my office today. I did not pet it and wrap it around my neck though.

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    LOL! Well, I am glad you didn't because that is a Garter snake and they are pissy. They bite and they omit an awful odor.

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    Nice 4 foot San Diego Gopher snake today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Nice 4 foot San Diego Gopher snake today.
    That's Mr. Gopher to you.
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    Got buzzed by a raven yesterday. It flew directly over my head on a downhill run and then proceeded to fly point about 15 feet in front of me at approximately helmet height, following the contours of the trail for several awesome seconds before veering skyward. Ravens are smart and playful and this one was clearly having fun, probably my 2nd coolest animal encounter on the mtb ever!

    Also surprised a herd of javelinas and sent them scattering, always a comical sight.

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    I'll bet Gopher Snakes and Bull Snakes are closely related. I had a little meeting with a Bull Snake while laying rock on Saturday. Of course it was a very small, but aggressive, Bull Snake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConchoBill View Post
    I'll bet Gopher Snakes and Bull Snakes are closely related. I had a little meeting with a Bull Snake while laying rock on Saturday. Of course it was a very small, but aggressive, Bull Snake.
    Yes. Gopher snakes are in the Bull snake family.

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    This is from a couple years ago, and I may have already posted it up before, but just in case, I had seen these two bobcat kittens following their mother across the top of the fence in my backyard. Then, 6 weeks later, here they are hanging out on top of my fence - much larger than before. That dark treed area behind the fence is where their den was.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladmo View Post
    This is from a couple years ago, and I may have already posted it up before, but just in case, I had seen these two bobcat kittens following their mother across the top of the fence in my backyard. Then, 6 weeks later, here they are hanging out on top of my fence - much larger than before. That dark treed area behind the fence is where their den was.

    Awesome sighting, and without even leaving your house.
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    A little Snake I saw yesterday. Fairly long but he looked hungry. Is it a Gopher or another kind? It looked harmless.

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    It's a Gopher.

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    The only animals I've encountered have been squirrels and a few deer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zomby Woof (MCM700) View Post
    The only animals I've encountered have been squirrels and a few deer.

    No Baby Snakes?

    I saw a very cute new Garter Snake a couple days ago, wanted to bring him home, but my wife is a major snake-a-phobe.
    Also see deer, puddle ducks, hawks, and the occasional coyote.
    Hold my beer and watch this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    It's a Gopher.
    That's ^^^ a Gopher snake.

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    This is a Gopher. ^^^
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    Pesky Marmot

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    How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

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    A chuck...of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    A chuck...of course.
    Thanks, I've always wondered about that.

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    I was riding down a nice piece of single track in the middle of the day and came up on an adult mountain lion walking up the trail towards me about 40 feet ahead. He spotted me, I stopped, got off my bike and he stood there looking at me for what felt like a minute. I was solo with no weapon so I picked my bike up over my head yelling, and not a thing. I reached for some loose rocks near the trail and started to throw them at him and he flinched a little. I started clapping my hands while yelling as loud as I could and it seemed he lost interest and slowly continued slowly walking off the trail in the other direction. That was the fastest I have ridden in a while to get out of there while looking over my back the whole time.

    Also, came up on a herd of buffalo on the trail. You just have to give them plenty of room.
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    ^ Gnarly!

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    small but deadly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    ^ Gnarly!
    Yes the mountain lion story was a once in a lifetime event. This is why everyone should have a GoPro rolling at all times.
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    When my daughter was 2 weeks old, my wife allowed me out of the house to go on a brief ride. Well, I flatted as far from the car as possible and my ancient patches wouldn't hold so I basically pushed my bike at a brisk pace about 2 miles through some of the NorthEasts finest gnar as the sun set and the mosquitoes descended. You remember that feeling you had as a kid when you're going home and just know you're in trouble? I had that in spades! She was truly an animal when I got home - scariest thing I've ever seen!

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    Ain't no mountain lion, but I was attacked by a Grouse in Aspen recently.

    I was riding up Smuggler, past the platform, just about to the snowline.
    It was getting muddy, so I was just getting ready to turn around and a male grouse comes running out of the woods.

    At first he was kind of dancing around my feet and I was just checking him out. Then he jumped on my shoes and I don't know if he was trying to fight them or ****'em. Black Hitop 510's with red trim.

    I could have easily killed him. But I didn't want to do that so I just started back down the hill and he chased me a good hundred yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Low Pressure View Post
    Ain't no mountain lion, but I was attacked by a Grouse in Aspen recently.

    I was riding up Smuggler, past the platform, just about to the snowline.
    It was getting muddy, so I was just getting ready to turn around and a male grouse comes running out of the woods.

    At first he was kind of dancing around my feet and I was just checking him out. Then he jumped on my shoes and I don't know if he was trying to fight them or ****'em. Black Hitop 510's with red trim.

    I could have easily killed him. But I didn't want to do that so I just started back down the hill and he chased me a good hundred yards.
    LOL!
    Yep those Grouse are temperamental buggers.
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    ^^^Jeez! You're lucky it didn't go for your throat! Those things are deadly!
    Hold my beer and watch this!

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    I had a good one riding with my wife today. Heading back to the truck about 20 feet in front of us
    a Red Shoulder Hawk came blasting out from behind a bush with a squirrel in it talons. Went to the
    nearest tree and started having its lunch. Pretty cool sight.

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    Just a pretty pic of a frog on a log, sunbathing

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    Is that a frog on a log in a bog?

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    In NJ: Cats, Chipmunks, Bears, Turtles, Deer

    In Long Island: Fox, Rabbits, Cats

    That's in only 1 year LOL - I'm sure the future will bring more...
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    Saw some butterflies today. They wouldn't stay put for long, or hold their wings out nicely for a picture. This is the best I could do.

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    Coasting up on two adult mountain lions on the road shoulder near Ovando MT was one of the highlights of my life. I'm glad my wife was on the back of our tandem to witness it...and to keep watching as we pedaled on! One slinked into the brush as I noticed a second one crouched, watching, head and ears lowering as we grew glower and passed. Locking eyes with that lion, I tell you, no need for a photo to recall that vividly.

    Report from the wife is, the one crouched popped his head way up as we rode off. "WTF? Weirdest looking deer I've ever seen..."

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    Bambi

    Best animal encounter I've had was about six years ago.

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    yes, them turkeys are MEAN...i've had to throw rocks at a big tom to get him out of the way and i've seen them ambush and chase bikes.
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    Bob cat munchen on a small kill - Kennedy Open Space

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    Bob cat flick

    A short, jumpy, bob cat video. Kennedy Open Space, about May 7, 10 am.

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    Some kind of coral snake? It was on the trail and by the time I got my phone out he moved on to the side. Kinda crappy pics but my first wild coral snake encounter.
    Are they poison or no? Hawg?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burt4x4 View Post
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    Some kind of coral snake? It was on the trail and by the time I got my phone out he moved on to the side. Kinda crappy pics but my first wild coral snake encounter.
    Are they poison or no? Hawg?
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    It's a California King snake. Very common in your area. Completely harmless.

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    Thanks Hawg!! I figured you would know! This fella was up on the Pleasanton Ridge yesterdays ride
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    Across the canyon from Pleasanton Ridge, in Garin/Stonbrae...
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    Tent caterpillars. Defoliating maple leaves ... seems like a bad year

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    also in abundance but couldn't get a pic, blackflies. Also seems like a banner year for blood sucking insects
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Tent caterpillars. Defoliating maple leaves ... seems like a bad year
    The closest thing to that, that I've seen, is the bird-cherry ermine. They can completely cover Bird Cherry / Hackberry trees. It is too early for them here. Last year, there were so many that some of them tried to work on maple saplings too - but it looked like maple didn't really work for them.

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    Lot's of little frogs around the trail today.

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    ^^^^land dwelling toads not water dwelling frogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    ^^^^land dwelling toads not water dwelling frogs.
    I got my info from here, but either way, there were a lot of them out yesterday.

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    Saw two bear cubs today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladmo View Post
    I got my info from here, but either way, there were a lot of them out yesterday.

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    That's the wrong species description. A Cascade frog is not a toad, still a cool sighting.

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    Your toad photo ^^^

    Please don't become a game warden or a wildlife biologist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AshevilleMtBiker View Post
    Saw two bear cubs today.
    Sweet!
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    Hey Asheville, where was Mama?

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    Almost ran over a kangaroo rat today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshevilleMtBiker View Post
    Saw two bear cubs today.
    But did mama bear see you?

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    She wasn't around.


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    So this crazy turtle pops out of nowhere and refuses to yield the right of way.
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    I had the good fortune to ride Whistler today. I came upon a group of riders stopped on the trail.it seems mama bear and two cubs were hanging out on the trail. When they wandered into the trees, we took off, however, they were there on our next run, too.

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    Biking at night, I always see tons of deer. It's always eerie when panning my headlamp around a hillside and seeing nothing but eyes watching me. I was looking at one deer when this one decided to cut through the bushes and across the trail a little ways in front of me. I'm pretty sure she's pregnant, but don't quote me on that. Tis the season though!


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    Yesterday, I spooked a small deer in the small "green zones" between suburbs and main roads. Probably a Roe deer.

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    Animals tend to run across the trail at night because as you approach, your light casts a shadow of them. Because you are on the trail, the shadow is on the side of them away from the trail. They flee from the shadow and that means crossing the trail.

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    ^^^ Is that why the chicken crossed the road?
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    Got a glimpse of an Abert's squirrel running across the trail this weekend in the Zuni Mountains, NM. They have distinctively tufted ears, so easy to identify.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    ^^^ Is that why the chicken crossed the road?
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Cleared2land again.
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    ^ I got him for you DJ.

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    this is one i will not forget

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
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    ^ I got him for you DJ.
    Thanks John for the action,
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    Is that a Calif. desert tortoise ? Looks a bit green, so likely not. If so, great to give them right away. They used to be very prevalent in the 60's, but are now endangered.

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    Riding in my favorite woods today, I came to a trail intersection. There's a woman standing at the side of the trail with a very fancy camera/lens/tripod setup, pointed up into some trees.
    "Gee, I hope I didn't scare away your bird!" I said.
    "No" she replies, "come look! A baby Barred Owl!"
    About 30 feet off the trail, perched at the top of a 20 foot tall dead snag, there it was, all fuzzy and cute as could be.
    The woman tells me she's a professional wildlife photographer, and there are actually two baby owls in the tree, she's waiting to get some pics of both of them together.
    After watching and chatting for a while I headed back on my way, but it was a highlight of my ride today.
    Hold my beer and watch this!

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    Just got back from a biking trip down in Oregon. This was on the Elkhorn Crest Trail outside Baker City. I was maybe 20 yards from him, and he just stood there and looked at me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    ^ I got him for you DJ.
    Thanks!
    And you must spread some rep around before giving it to John Kuhl again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladmo View Post
    Just got back from a biking trip down in Oregon. This was on the Elkhorn Crest Trail outside Baker City. I was maybe 20 yards from him, and he just stood there and looked at me.

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    Very cool!
    A Mountain Goat, even in their territory they are a rare sight to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gomer hardtale View Post
    this is one i will not forget

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    Was that you filming it?

    Nice venom running down the lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by O_evetS View Post
    So this crazy turtle pops out of nowhere and refuses to yield the right of way.
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    Yeah I saw him too... he's an angry little bugger. Got off the bike and had some words with him, but he just gave me this blank stare:

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    Deer, coyotes and wild turkeys are so common around here that I don't even reach for the camera.

    30 years ago I toured Canada's NW Territories on my mountain bike. While we stopped at a stream, this caribou, sporting a large and recent wound on its neck, ran down the middle of the stream.


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    This guy lives around 7,000 ft elevation in northeast Oregon.

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    Anyone know what kind of snake this is? Cool looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladmo View Post
    Anyone know what kind of snake this is? Cool looking.
    Where is it?
    That limits the options.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime View Post
    Where is it?
    That limits the options.
    15 miles east of downtown Seattle. Low elevation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladmo View Post
    I was about to say ^^^ but you answered your own question correct.
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    Ive run over 4 dback rattlers in the past 2 years... I guess I move too fast now.. I don't see them until its too late..

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    Here in MA I see deer, rabbits, turkeys, pheasants, snakes, and turtles mostly.



    My most recent encounter was a female eastern box turtle. She was pretty scared of people unless she was 6+ feet away, then she didn't care at all.

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    Got attacked by a hawk today. Well, maybe not attacked, by its wing hit the back of my head and flew right above my shoulder and side of my face. I don't know if it head a mayday moment or what, but it landed in the bushes and took right off.

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    Dead squirrel on the trail. Looked pretty intact when I pushed it to the side with a stick. Hit by another rider? Stumbled on a viper?

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Nearly hit a monkey while riding in Cambodia. animal encounters-blog007.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by sullivan17 View Post
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    Which one?

    my guess the one not paying attention picking bugs off of his buddies head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seandm View Post
    Which one?

    my guess the one not paying attention picking bugs off of his buddies head.
    Haha. One that's not pictured. I just saw this off to the side and decided to take the picture. There were at least 10 in the area.

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    Hernandez's Short-horned Lizard?

    This is the second time in several years that I have come across this horned lizard (horned toad). It's not like the ones that I have seen in years past. It does not have the defined 'horns' projecting from it's head. I have done some searching and believe it might be a Hernandez's Short-horned Lizard. Both that I have spotted were above 10,000 feet in northern New Mexico within a 100 miles of the central Colorado southern border.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    This is the second time in several years that I have come across this horned lizard (horned toad). It's not like the ones that I have seen in years past. It does not have the defined 'horns' projecting from it's head. I have done some searching and believe it might be a Hernandez's Short-horned Lizard. Both that I have spotted were above 10,000 feet in northern New Mexico within a 100 miles of the central Colorado southern border.

    Any inputs?

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    Hmmmm interesting, I've seen the horned version in the desert regions but never one in the higher elevations like that.

    One thing I do know is that he's a cute little dude, especially in that last photo.
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    The Chipmunk That Could

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    Let's Not Forget the Little Ground Squirrel

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    Those chipmunks in the high country will come right up and feed right out of your hand.

    Great photos C2L.
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    Northern Colorado Elk - Arapaho National Forest

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    Quote Originally Posted by sullivan17 View Post
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    Frickin' monkeys! While riding around Angkor Wat many years ago, my wife and I stopped to take a pic of a few that were lounging roadside. Hopped off the bike, took the pack off, and started to dig around for the camera. The monkeys ran over and became very aggressive. I assume they thought we had some food in the pack. We quickly remounted and took off, not wanting to deal with them. Good times!
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    Last Friday I skipped out of work early to go for a ride. Got to my favorite woods and plunged in.
    About half an hour later, I was heading into a heavily wooded downhill single-track switchback when I spotted a nice looking doe about 50 feet ahead, right on the side of the trail.
    She showed no sign of moving, so I called out to her, then started ringing my bell.
    She finally jumped into the bushes when I was about 10 feet away.
    I rode past thinking "how cool was that!"
    A few yards further, swing around the switchback, and there she is again, 30 feet in front of me again.
    I start ringing my bell again, she turns to look at me with a "Dude, seriously?!" look in her eyes, then takes off for good.
    Hold my beer and watch this!

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    I had a hawk land in front of my tractor today. I stepped on the clutch and started slowing down because he didn't look like he was going to move. Then he hops in front of my tractor where I could not see him. I had to get off of my tractor and chase him away. We were baling the backswath and someone told us that he was following us flying from tree to tree.

    I was getting a ride back to the field to get my car, and the guy giving me a ride says "Hey look at that" and makes a left turn at the stopsign. There was a 400lb(so he said) black bear walking across a field into Nepaug State Forest.

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    I was watching my sisters house this weekend and walked out the front door this morning to a plethora of baby frogs. I threw my keys down for size reference, but I had a heck of a time getting a photo with one near my keys. The cute little dudes were jumping in 2' increments.

    I looked close to determine if they were frogs or toads. I confirmed they were definitely frogs but I'm not sure what species of frog.

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    Was riding some great singletrack Saturday mornimg and saw a deer half way up a ridge and pushed her to the other side where the trail doubles back. The deer was now right on the trail with a second lead deer that I hadn't noticed earlier. Both deer ran down the trail about 30 yards before bailing off to cross a washout. The first deer jumped clean and took off on the other side. The second followed but doubled over on the landing. HARD. Like it got shot. I'm guessing it twisted a leg on the landing but it stayed down for what seemed like forever. Long enough for me to think it had a broken leg and to think about what I would do next. I'm in the middle of nowhere and it's July in Louisiana but fresh back strap does sound tasty. But as soon as I thought about getting closer to check it out, it took off with not even the slightest limp.

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    I've never seen a ruffed grouse before until I came across one riding the other day. It followed me around until I rode off, very curious bird.

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    Very unusual to get that close to a pa'tridge. Good eatin'!!
    Hold my beer and watch this!

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