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    anyone have any stories of their encounters with animals?
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    last year i was on the trails up north, just having fun going downhill and boom a black bear was right in front of me (about 15 feet away from me) i brake so hard and i turned around and got out of there asap
    luckily it didn't chase me

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    Re: animal encounters

    I hit a turkey on my way to a ride.

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    Turkeys are common.
    Deer are frequent
    See bobcats on occasion
    Years ago, before my biking hiatus, I ran into a mountain lion
    that was,... interesting. It was 20ft away.
    same era, riding with friends, they were ahead of me on the trail. Suddenly they blast past me yelling "GO! GO! GO!"
    I didn't hesitate, I turned around and followed.
    Then I found out they came across a Llama. A freaking Llama deep in the forest. It was blocking the path. The idiots tossed rocks and were yelling to get it to move, it didn't like that and charged and chased them.
    All the time I thought it was a bear or mountain lion....

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    A creepy encounter: My home trails are connected to the trailhead by a mile and a half of straight, rails-to-trails doubletrack through a forest. At night, it looks like an endless dark tunnel through the trees. So, I was finishing up a night ride and heading out. Up ahead, I see a pair of glowing eyes really low to the ground. I'm thinking maybe raccoon, they were about that low. As I got closer, they started to rise up, and up, and up. They seemed to nearly reach the height of a person. Just as this thing was starting to get into range of my spotlight, it turned around and bolted through the trees. All I could make out of it's body was that it was big and covered with short, brown hair. I'm guessing it was a deer, browsing on something on the trail and looking up at me when I got close. Or maybe a chupacabra, either one.

    A scary encounter: The trail system also has wild hogs. On a ride last spring I came across three or four tiny little piglets on the trail. They decided to hide from me by running to the edge of the trail, burying their faces in the grass, and squealing bloody murder. I turned around and got out of there before mama came to the rescue.

    A surreal encounter: On one of my last night rides this spring, just after sunset, I kept coming across doves just sitting in the middle of the trail. They'd take off only when I got close to them. Must have seen 5 or 6 of them, I lost count. Strange because I rarely see doves at all. I was wondering if they were some sort of omen, or maybe I had accidentally wandered onto the set of a John Woo film. I kept an eye out for slow-motion gunfights. If something exploded behind me I was ready to keep on riding without looking back or flinching.
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    Saw this guy yesterday. He looked kind of wily.

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    Yeah, I've come head to head with a coyote before. I was riding the hunting trails across the street from my house and we bumped into and scared the crap out of each other. I also encountered a black bear once in central FL. We also scared the crap out if each other. I rode like the wind to get as far from it as I could.

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    deer, elk, bear(black and grizzly), moose, bobcats, turkeys, grouse. it is uncommon not to see wildlife on the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crutton View Post
    anyone have any stories of their encounters with animals?
    Just people with their dogs off leash, illegally of course

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    my brother and i found this big gopher snake laying on the trail a few weeks ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by beshannon View Post
    Just people with their dogs off leash, illegally of course
    Nothing bothers me more than this. There's a conservation area up the road from me and a section of it was turned into an off leash dog park a few years back. Last year I'm riding through the forest, far from the off leash area when a dog runs up to me and starts barking. I get off my bike and put it in between me and the dog. It lunges towards me growling and barking. I finally see the owners and yell at them "come get your dog right now!!". Their response is "Calm down, if you're scared of dogs maybe you shouldn't ride your bike in here". They didn't care one bit when I pointed out that it was not an off leash area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FASTIVAB6TG25MR View Post
    my brother and i found this big gopher snake laying on the trail a few weeks ago

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    That's just a baby, and also that is a road.

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    Coolest thing around here lately is great gray owls. Easy to identify from their calls. Very hard to spot.

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    Seen a fox when I cornered real hard and he/she looked at me and shot off into the forest.

    Came across a spike buck blocking the trail, and that SOB wouldn't move! Just stood there starring at me for 2-4 minutes I said, eff it and took another route.

    Nearly ran over a couple snakes a few times, both times were black king snake. I left them in peace to keep the rattlers away.

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    A couple of years ago they started grazing sheep on the FS land at one of my favorite loops. It's a 5 mile climb from the car and a ripping, 7 mile descent on buffed singletrack back to the parking lot for high-fives and adult beverages.

    On the way up my friend and I noticed sheep wagons, but didn't think anything of them. After a brief water break and a deciding ro-sham-bo at the top, we were ready for the down. I took the win with the rock over scissors and was stoked to be going first since the previous two times we rode, he came away with the win.

    Came ripping around a corner to find the flock of sheep that belonged to those wagons and I had to dump a good amount of speed. I can hear my buddy screaming 'GO, GO, GOOOO!!!' as he comes down the trail. At this moment, I notice a dog, the size of a small horse, at full gait, coming for me through the sage brush. Two of them were already onto him. Those Great Pyrenees chased us a good ways down the trail.

    Nobody rides that trail much anymore for fear of getting eaten by one of those monstrous beasts.

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    Deer are pretty norm for me and plenty of the smaller critters. Only close call was came out of a fast but narrow "s" section to almost get a face full of deer ass!!! 2 sitting on the trail right outta the turn. Everywhere I ride is wooded with decently thick undergrowth, so no way of seeing them till last second. Hit brakes so hard I had to drop off pedals and racked myself. Swear if deer and crapped itself outta fear it would have been on my front tire. I hollered back to my brother who was coming up behind me so he could stop before hitting me. That scared the deer off. We had a good laugh about the whole thing while I let the pain in my jewels wear off.

    Then this last weekend, first time on dirt this year, took my 7yr old son for a ride on our favorite trails. He was just cruising along enjoying his newly rebuilt bike to even notice when he almost ran it over, but I saw it coiling back almost in the middle of a turn. Startled me to see a snake on the trail, first time for me. Luckily was just a yearling garter snake. Didn't even take a snip at us, was more of an "oh **** that was almost my head" reaction, waited for me to pass and went on his way.

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    got charged by a javelina last week on a trip to phoenix. as my friend remarked "around where we are from, the trails are nice are peaceful... in phoenix, everything pretty much wants to kill you". Saw another in Sedona the same week. maybe i've been marked.

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    Some years back I was riding a fairly new singletrack early in the morning with a buddy at our local state forest. I was in the lead and came around a blind corner with some speed and saw something in the trail ahead of me on the ground that was clearly living (i.e. furry, not a tree). Grabbed a handful of panic brake and in the course of sailing over the bars realized it was Bambi sleeping in the middle of the trail. White spots and everything. I nearly landed on it and in scampering away it gave me a little kick then was gone. I got up and rolled out pretty fast for fear of momma who I knew had to be close by. That was my closest so far...

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    That's just a baby, and also that is a road.
    Ya beat me to the "road" quote.
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    A few years ago I was riding when I stopped and saw a fawn standing close to the trail by the treeline so I stopped and took a picture of it. Didn't see mama deer at the time but as soon as I snapped the pic I heard this aweful, hidious, high-pitched, horror movie like snort that the sound of which shot down my spine fast and furiously.

    Literally scared the crap out of me - it was mama deer and she wasn't all that happy with me taking a picture of her fawn - she was scooping the ground with her front leg and I believed then it was my time to keep on pedaling - which I commenced to doing.

    I have seen many a deer - had a 6 point buck standing in the middle of the trail and had to wait 3 minutes or so for him to get off the trail. Gotta give them their space as it is their home we are riding our bikes.
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    Almost ran into this snake. Just was getting started on the trail. Came around a turn and the snake was right in the middle of the trail. I stopped about 3 feet from the snake. It coiled up instantly and stayed there for about 10 minutes.

    I've encountered a Florida Panther, hogs, snakes, deer, armadillos (never know which way they'll run), alligators, etc. Always an adventure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jugdish View Post
    Ya beat me to the "road" quote.
    gotta take the fire road to get to the trail

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    Is thread is awesome. Would love to know where you guys live to see these things. Here in Miami all I see are iguanas and a shitload of bugs

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    i was out for a 6am ride in the dark all alone. Had my lamp mounted on my helmet. i was just cruising along when I hear a loud rustling in the leaves right next to me. Im very easily scared so I hopped off my bike and whipped the light around to see what was there. There were probably 4-6 doe sleeping in the leaves right next to the trail. One had stood up, which is what I heard...

    I took off pretty quickly so the ladies could get back to bed.
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    I see moose and arctic hares almost every ride and I once accidentally ran down and killed a ptarmigan at a bike park in Quebec.

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    nice story guyzz

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    I love seeing a bit of wildlife while riding, but this thread makes me glad to be in NZ where you can crash through the forest without worrying about being bit or eaten. You can keep the snakes, bears etc etc thanks!

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    Snakes. Rattlesnakes, bull snakes, garter snakes. I once came around a corner at full speed, saw a rattlesnake in the trail, hammered the brakes, went OTB straight towards the snake. Luckily it had freaked out as much as me and I didn't land on it.

    Black bears, always running away from me.

    Coyotes. Mostly non-aggressive, although one attacked my off-leash (gasp) dog.

    Wild turkeys.

    Geese (one was protecting something and flapped the heck outta me, when I got too close).

    A big herd of bighorn sheep (who were basically disinterested in us).

    Lots and lots of deer over the years. Some scaring the cr@p outta me and vice versa.

    An owl swooping right over my head.

    Elk, running away.

    Scary lizards, squirrels and rabbits...haha.

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    I saw BIGFOOT once, does that count? Lololo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baker View Post
    Snakes. Rattlesnakes, bull snakes, garter snakes. I once came around a corner at full speed, saw a rattlesnake in the trail, hammered the brakes, went OTB straight towards the snake. Luckily it had freaked out as much as me and I didn't land on it.

    Black bears, always running away from me.

    Coyotes. Mostly non-aggressive, although one attacked my off-leash (gasp) dog.

    Wild turkeys.

    Geese (one was protecting something and flapped the heck outta me, when I got too close).

    A big herd of bighorn sheep (who were basically disinterested in us).

    Lots and lots of deer over the years. Some scaring the cr@p outta me and vice versa.

    An owl swooping right over my head.

    Elk, running away.

    Scary lizards, squirrels and rabbits...haha.

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    Is your dog ok? What happened

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    no u didnt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan M View Post
    I saw BIGFOOT once, does that count? Lololo.
    no u didnt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superleo View Post
    Is your dog ok? What happened
    The dog (Tess) was ok, after the coyote was chased off. Basically like a regular short dog fight.

    On the other hand, she has been bitten by rattlesnakes twice, once resulting in her death and resuscitation by my wife (who is a vet and happened to be right there when it happened). Tess has been an expensive dog (ever priced rattlesnake antivenin?)...

    The joys of "country living". The rattlesnake bites were at our house, not on the trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baker View Post
    The dog (Tess) was ok, after the coyote was chased off. Basically like a regular short dog fight.

    On the other hand, she has been bitten by rattlesnakes twice, once resulting in her death and resuscitation by my wife (who is a vet and happened to be right there when it happened). Tess has been an expensive dog (ever priced rattlesnake antivenin?)...

    The joys of "country living". The rattlesnake bites were at our house, not on the trail.
    I imagine those were really shitty experiences. I'm glad Tess is ok. What did your wife do? Sorry to ask so many questions but I'm a sucker for these stories. In Miami all I have are iguanas. I saw a few snakes when I used to ride ATVs but they slithered off right away and were tiny.

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    I believe it was a shot of adrenalin to the heart and CPR. That is one tough dog. I found the (dead) rattlesnake a couple days later. It was caught in some landscaping netting, which is probably why the dog/snake encounter happened.

    The local animal that I haven't seen is a mountain lion. For a couple years, I used to get all creeped out while riding solo at night, thinking about them. One of my riding buddies did see one, had his light die on him right then, and had to dig through his pack for a spare while sitting there worrying about the cat. Got the light back on and got the heck outta there.
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    I've seen almost all of the scenery Baker has over the years excluding bear and big horn sheep. Bear digging in garbage don't count does it? I have to add fox, bobcat, and copperhead to the list though. I've only seen two bobcats throughout my life. Those cats stay hidden. I've always heard mountain lion legends and I know we have black bears in this area, but I haven't seen those on my bike. I saw my first bobcat on an ATV. The second one ran across the road in front of me when I was in a remote area in my car. I have seen elk in Eastern Kentucky, they're everywhere, but they're slowly migrating toward my current area, which is central Kentucky.
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    Rabbit eyes glow red @ night, like little devils. Been chased by a big tom turkey, 9 mph and kept on running. Almost t boned a buck on a downhill ride early am once. I was at speed, he was at full run, about 20' away, all I saw was deer in front of me on the trail, in the air. 2 fistfull of brakes helped avoid collision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    I've only seen two bobcats throughout my life. Those cats stay hidden.
    Lucky! There are supposed siting of bobcats around here, but I've never seen one.
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    ran into black bears 3 weeks in a row last late spring. Bought a bear tag this year.

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    Small herd of Elk on the Argos climb at Apex trails in Golden Co this early evening. Nothing rare but still nice to see.

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    Hit an owl when it jesus'd on me in the middle of the night while eating road kill


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    I was almost run down by a stampede of wild burros being chased by off leash dogs.

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    I see a lot of "standard" New England wildlife like deer, turkeys, squirrels, snakes, etc, but this winter while fatbiking the Cape Cod National Seashore we saw a Snowy Owl. It was huge and white, no mistaking it. Apparently its a bad lemming year and they all flew south to find food. They like dunes because it similar to the tundra in appearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icecreamjay View Post
    I see a lot of "standard" New England wildlife like deer, turkeys, squirrels, snakes, etc, but this winter while fatbiking the Cape Cod National Seashore we saw a Snowy Owl. It was huge and white, no mistaking it. Apparently its a bad lemming year and they all flew south to find food. They like dunes because it similar to the tundra in appearance.
    Yeah they came way south this year, we had them along the NJ coast also. Friends that live there got some great shots of them in the dunes in Island Beach State Park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    I love seeing a bit of wildlife while riding, but this thread makes me glad to be in NZ where you can crash through the forest without worrying about being bit or eaten. You can keep the snakes, bears etc etc thanks!
    Yeah I love living here, the worst you have to worry about is a couple of sheep, some cows and a heap of rocks. Maybe the nasty magpies and the odd sandfly or wasp.

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    The usual deer, turkey, critters....
    Mountain lion in southern Indiana ran across the trail in front of me.
    Few weeks back there was a moose right beside the trail, it was not concerned with me at all.

    Also accidentally ran over a copperhead last year, also interesting and a bit scary.

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    I've also seen two bobcats while mountain biking. One at the end of a trail from about 50 feet away, I stopped, he just calmly walked away.

    The other i was bombing down a logging road, through a clearcut, and it came out of the clear cut, and just kind of merged in front of me. At fist I was awe struck, then realized I was gaining on him fast. I had a vision of him jumping in the air, twisting around, and latching on my face! So, I slowed down and let him go.

    Awesome to see one in the wild though!!

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    All on pavement, during in-town rides in a city of almost 900,000 people:

    Yesterday I saw a dead snake (about 3 ft long) stretched out perpendicular to the curb. My husband rode right by about two inches from the head and never saw it. I didn't go back to look.

    Last summer in a different part of town I saw a similar sized dead snake (non native) that looked to me like some type of constrictor that likely either got loose or was turned loose.

    In my neighborhood along a little green belt with a creek, someone pointed out a snake ~ 2 feet long -- hanging out on a branch -- it most definitely was not a native species; again appeared to be some type of constrictor.
    Weird to see more snakes on the pavement than out on the trail and species that are not indigenous to central Texas.

    Saw a large and very creepy raccoon a few weeks ago on a trail; it didn't appear inclined to run off so I just turned around and went back the way I came.
    There is a maze of trails in this area, so many ways to get around him or her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ser jameson View Post
    I've also seen two bobcats while mountain biking. One at the end of a trail from about 50 feet away, I stopped, he just calmly walked away.

    The other i was bombing down a logging road, through a clearcut, and it came out of the clear cut, and just kind of merged in front of me. At fist I was awe struck, then realized I was gaining on him fast. I had a vision of him jumping in the air, twisting around, and latching on my face! So, I slowed down and let him go.

    Awesome to see one in the wild though!!
    It is! but this one will probably cause me to OTB - talk about breaking! I run into coyotes all the time but those guys scare away as they see you coming down the hill.

    I guess this is one of many reasons why we love MTB ... Nature!
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    https://www.flickr.com/photos/789348.../in/photolist- Here you go. The dogs attacked the panniers which is the same place wolfs take down a dear. I usually chase two dogs back onto the property but 5 needed to be handled more carefully. I threatened the 911 operator and the department of transportation and the local newspaper but none of them replied.
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    I live in Los Angeles, and ride locally in the Santa Monica Mountains. Ive seen a large coyote with a young deer in his mouth, several deer, several rattle snakes, a red tail hawk roosting in the tree above me. Up north at Sycamore Canyon there is a flock of blue wild parrots. In Griffith Park I encountered a bob cat, just sitting and watching me. There was a family of 3 coyotes I ran into many times. I even saw a mountain lion in the park, afterwords I rarely saw the coyote family, just one underfed squagly one from time to time. One amazing time along the LA River bike path I saw a couple of condors; o

    The wildest thing I ever saw was a whale. I was riding the bike path at the Manhattan Beachj pier, a huge whale cruised by about 15 feet out, every fisherman began hooking up with the whale as it swam by. Pow, pow, pow, all their lines were being snagged! I hope it didn't hurt the whale; )

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    Quote Originally Posted by zerodish View Post
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/789348.../in/photolist- Here you go. The dogs attacked the panniers which is the same place wolfs take down a dear. I usually chase two dogs back onto the property but 5 needed to be handled more carefully. I threatened the 911 operator and the department of transportation and the local newspaper but none of them replied.
    you should have kicked the dogs

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    Here is what we encounter in the desert:

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    I wish I was more attentive to my surroundings. I ride the mountains all the time, and many times my buddies will point out the bear, elk, deer, etc. By the time I look up they are gone.

    Same thing while scuba diving. My daughter will tug my fin, and point out the octopus, eel, rock-fish, etc., right after I pass over them oblivious that they are there! <sigh>
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    so last Summer we are up camping in the mountains. Wife goes for a hike with the kids. Before the hike, she tells the kids to stay close and tell her if they see any animals (she is helicopter mom and paranoid).

    So they are on a winding path, with the 6yo 50' in the lead.

    "HEY MOMMY! AN ANIMAL!" from around the corner.

    Mom comes around the corner and 6yo is 10' from a 8' moose standing on the path. Just pointing at him like "look at him".

    Fortunately he turned around and trotted off (the moose, that is) and nobody got hurt.

    A few weeks later I'm mtb on my favorite trail, and come around a corner, and a single rider is stopped on the single track 100' ahead with a young moose in a face off. Me and my partner turned around and hiked off the trail after pitching our bikes in the bushes, and 3-4 min later he came walked thru like he owned the place (which he did). We caught up to the biker and he was really shook up, almost shat hisself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    The usual deer, turkey, critters....
    Mountain lion in southern Indiana ran across the trail in front of me.
    Few weeks back there was a moose right beside the trail, it was not concerned with me at all.

    Also accidentally ran over a copperhead last year, also interesting and a bit scary.
    Mountain Lion and Moose in Indiana?????? What's in your gatorade?

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    No mountain lions or bears here. Saw a Skink (small lizard) crawl out from under a rock I was just about to roll over on the weekend. Another ride a couple of weekends ago, I was out on a trail and came to an open grassy area. It was all dug up (the grass) and a dozen or more rocks were exposed. I thought to myself ' someone's making a rock garden!' Then I remembered back to 15+ years ago when I worked as a bushman! It was pig sign (rooting) it was either several pigs, or one frickin large one. The sign was pretty fresh too, made in the last hour or so. Having had a scary run in with a boar all those years ago, I was on tender hooks until I got back on the forestry road.
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    It's been a few years since I've seen a bear on a trail, but I see scat pretty regularly. There was some on a trail 30 feet behind my house last week. Cats are around, but I've never seen one.

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    This one time over the summer I was out doing a solo ride and I came across what looked like a herd of cows! They appeared to be grazing but I didn't want to find out, so I got the hell out of there.
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    Mountain Lion and Moose in Indiana?????? What's in your gatorade?
    Exactly...hello!
    Probably a bobcat and a cow / cattle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InJ3cted View Post
    Hit an owl when it jesus'd on me in the middle of the night while eating road kill

    That sucks!
    This is how the majority of raptors get killed. On the road eating road kill without enough lifting speed to get out of the way of an oncoming vehicle.
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    Rattle snakes
    lots o' deer
    elk
    moose
    wild turkeys
    bison (Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake, lots of them out there)
    grouse
    I ride trails where mountain lions are seen a few times each summer but I've never seen one.
    I hear Coyotes on night rides but never see them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baker View Post
    The dog (Tess) was ok, after the coyote was chased off. Basically like a regular short dog fight.

    On the other hand, she has been bitten by rattlesnakes twice, once resulting in her death and resuscitation by my wife (who is a vet and happened to be right there when it happened). Tess has been an expensive dog (ever priced rattlesnake antivenin?)...

    The joys of "country living". The rattlesnake bites were at our house, not on the trail.
    rattlesnakes at your house? if you don't mind me asking.. where are you located? we are currently dealing with rats at our place, and having a hard time sleeping, can't imagine poisonous snakes being near by... stay safe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forcemajeure View Post
    rattlesnakes at your house? if you don't mind me asking.. where are you located? we are currently dealing with rats at our place, and having a hard time sleeping, can't imagine poisonous snakes being near by... stay safe...
    I think you just found the answer to your rat problem. Bring in snakes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forcemajeure View Post
    rattlesnakes at your house? if you don't mind me asking.. where are you located? we are currently dealing with rats at our place, and having a hard time sleeping, can't imagine poisonous snakes being near by... stay safe...
    Outside of Monument Colorado, USA. The area I live in was once nicknamed "Rattlesnake Mesa" and they had annual rattlesnake roundups.

    We don't have rat problems. We did have mouse problems 'til we got a couple indoor kitties. Snack time...
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    Mama Black Bear and her two yearling cubs at less than 50 feet. I stopped, she stood on her hind legs, snorted and huffed a couple of times as she was pretty stressed that I showed up in her house without warning.. Her young'ns headed a few feet up the nearest tree. She weighed her options, I was slightly uphill of them. She chose to turn and run in the downhill direction, calling her kids to follow. They all sprinted away surprisingly fast. Cutest dang cubs you'll ever see. Ironically on a local trail named Yogi/Boo Boo

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    Years ago while riding the Shingle Mill Trail near Vanderbilt MI I was bombing down a big hill (like couldn't pedal any faster in top gear). Unknown to me at the bottom was a group of elk bedded down. When I came through they exploded in every direction before I could react. They ran in front of me, behind me, they were everywhere.
    I still think how lucky I was not to get bulldozed by 900# of venison.

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    On an early morning fall ride a few years ago almost t boned a whitetail buck on the mt bike. Me, going fast on a smooth ,wooded downhill, him at full run on my left, bounding up high. I saw something off to my left and heard one foot strike in the leaves. Jammed on the binders quickly and slowed to about 15 mph. He leaped across the trail at least 4 ft above it 10 ft in front of me. Really close at speed. I love my disc brakes.

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    I had one ride in which I saw a snake, beaver, deer, and then just before finishing the ride had a squirrel run underneath my front tire, bouncing up into the spokes for a second or two, and then sprinting away. It was startling even with such a small and common creature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian412 View Post
    Almost ran into this snake. Just was getting started on the trail. Came around a turn and the snake was right in the middle of the trail. I stopped about 3 feet from the snake. It coiled up instantly and stayed there for about 10 minutes.

    I've encountered a Florida Panther, hogs, snakes, deer, armadillos (never know which way they'll run), alligators, etc. Always an adventure.
    Which trail did you see that on. I ride in the FL also and have yet to spot one at santos, mt dora or my local trails. Seen plenty of wild hogs an man eating gators though!

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    I had a bizarre encounter with a possum several weeks ago. Most of you know what a possum looks like. But to me, they remind me of an overgrown Halloweenish, diseased and scary albino rat.

    As I'm riding along I look to my left and I see a possum scurrying pretty fast on a diagonal line towards me in my direction of flow along an open, grassy area (Think about driving along a frontage road with a freeway on your left and the possum is exiting the freeway and approaching the frontage road that you're driving along.)

    So this possum comes along to my immediate left and is now slightly ahead of me and running at my speed just to the left and parallel to the trail. As I'm watching him I stop pedaling as if to evaluate if he will past in front and across my path when he turns hard right across my path and he almost makes it across in front of me, but I run over its tail. This is all happening about 10 mph or so.

    As I'm riding over its tail, it immediately (speed of light)) curls up and attacks the wheel and tire. (Now you have to picture this in your mind and grasp just how fast this takes place while I'm rolling along) The rotation of the front wheel immediately flings the pissed possum up off the front wheel and lands onto my right leg just below the knee. (again, think at the speed of light [joking] how quickly this takes place) Now my adrenaline instantly spikes into the stratosphere as this hissing, flinging, pissed off animal is clamoring for a purchase of my leg or anything it can get with teeth or claws into.

    Without hesitation or any conscious thought, my leg and foot are out of the clips and as if punting a football I am ejecting this creature into space. There it goes about twenty feet to my forward right and it happened so fast that I pull to a stop and look around as if thinking "did that really just happen?"

    It must have happened and I'm in cardio/adrenaline over-drive as I'm looking in the direction of where the recently ejected possum landed. I don't know how freaked out that possum was, but I can assure you that I was freaked out. I've never had an encounter like that before. And, seriously hope to not have another.
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    I had a bizarre encounter with a possum several weeks ago. Most of you know what a possum looks like. But to me, they remind me of an overgrown Halloweenish, diseased and scary albino rat.

    As I'm riding along I look to my left and I see a possum scurrying pretty fast on a diagonal line towards me in my direction of flow along an open, grassy area (Think about driving along a frontage road with a freeway on your left and the possum is exiting the freeway and approaching the frontage road that you're driving along.)

    So this possum comes along to my immediate left and is now slightly ahead of me and running at my speed just to the left and parallel to the trail. As I'm watching him I stop pedaling as if to evaluate if he will past in front and across my path when he turns hard right across my path and he almost makes it across in front of me, but I run over its tail. This is all happening about 10 mph or so.

    As I'm riding over its tail, it immediately (speed of light)) curls up and attacks the wheel and tire. (Now you have to picture this in your mind and grasp just how fast this takes place while I'm rolling along) The rotation of the front wheel immediately flings the pissed possum up off the front wheel and lands onto my right leg just below the knee. (again, think at the speed of light [joking] how quickly this takes place) Now my adrenaline instantly spikes into the stratosphere as this hissing, flinging, pissed off animal is clamoring for a purchase of my leg or anything it can get with teeth or claws into.

    Without hesitation or any conscious thought, my leg and foot are out of the clips and as if punting a football I am ejecting this creature into space. There it goes about twenty feet to my forward right and it happened so fast that I pull to a stop and look around as if thinking "did that really just happen?"

    It must have happened and I'm in cardio/adrenaline over-drive as I'm looking in the direction of where the recently ejected possum landed. I don't know how freaked out that possum was, but I can assure you that I was freaked out. I've never had an encounter like that before. And, seriously hope to not have another.
    Lol-ing all over the place when I read this ^^

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    The other night I was heading home at dusk on my local singletrack. I came around the corner and there was a huge porcupine in the trail. I jammed on my breaks and he ran away or my way. He was trying to keep his back to me and just kept chugging along down the trail. I was going about 2 mph waiting for a good spot to pass but the little fella just kept going because he had me facing his back. I finally had a little spot to slide by, when I did he did a cute little pirouette to keep his back facing me. Wicked funny and a cute little bugger.

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    I had a cool encounter with a bobcat once. I live right outside a state park and where I enter there is a small grassy river area and a beat up pallet bridge. I was riding my ss so I was very quiet as I came down to the bridge. As soon as my front tire hit it, I saw a head pop up right next to it with those tell tale ears. I stopped and he or she just stared at me. Thing was pretty big, it waited and darted off up the hill. I was going the same way so I just carried on. It would stop about fifteen yards ahead of me and turn back around to see if I was still there. We did this abut 3 times until it finally darted off into the woods. Kinda cool, I have seen more wild life up close on my single than any other bike. It's so quiet allot of times you get right up on something and it looks at you like, "hey where did you come from".

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    deer and black bears pretty frequently. I ran over a squirrel this summer, how much do you suck at being a squirrel if you get run over by a bike?

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    deer and black bears pretty frequently. I ran over a squirrel this summer, how much do you suck at being a squirrel if you get run over by a bike?
    I ran over a squirrel on my road bike last fall. I was going about 30 mph. He didn't survive I actually had to go back, and finish him off with my car..... He was alive, but he wasn't going to make it.

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    Don't have no picture cause it just happened so fast, but as I was riding, 3 young deer ran right across the trail, only 10 feet in front of me. I guess I startled them a little bit!

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    myself and and an ol' boy got to watch 5 to 7 bighorn sheep cross the trail. Cool encounter in southern nevada. Def not every day. Noticed the first one...waited and watched it while waiting on ol'boy....white tail was up....then a few min later all the others came out of nowhere and went straight up the side of the mtn following the first one. Cool $#it yo
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    This video is not mine, but I would like to share it with all:

    https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v...type=2&theater

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    Thats amazing. It's cool how he kept up for that long

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    I see deer almost every ride, owls and hawks often, rattlesnakes pretty often in summer and I once saw a black bear with two cubs. Seeing wildlife is one of the best parts of the sport for me. My favorite might be the bald eagle I saw a few months ago.

    I did once come within six inches of running over a rattlesnake as it crossed the trail. It was coming out of tall grasses to cross some very narrow singletrack and we were both moving too fast to properly react. It let out a quick rattle as I saw it go by and luckily it was just fast enough to get out of my way. I dropped the bike, fell to my hands and knees and felt like I was having a heart attack for a few minutes. When my buddy caught up I was shouting, just trying to burn off the adrenaline, and he thought I had fallen. It took me a minute or two to calm down enough to explain myself.

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    This is not me - but it's where I live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matuchi View Post
    This is not me - but it's where I live.

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    Holy crappers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Holy crappers!
    Do you know the outcome of his / her injuries?
    This is the article from the local paper:

    Cyclist Silas Patlove hit a deer this week while riding his bike near the Golden Gate Bridge and captured the incident on video.

    On Sunday, Patlove was riding on Alexander Avenue headed toward Sausalito at about 3:24 p.m. when a deer jumped out in front of him, according to a YouTube video that has gone viral with more than 1 million views. Patlove was traveling at about 28 mph when a deer jumped over the metal barrier on the right side of the road directly into Patlove's path. His head-mounted camera caught the incident on film.

    "Although I don't remember it, I landed on my back and hit the back of my Giro helmet, which probably saved me from serious brain injury. Although I had a mild concussion with a bit of memory loss around the event, I am very grateful to have escaped feeling only a little banged up. I cannot speak to the deer's injuries," Patlove, reportedly of San Francisco, said in the comments section of the video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matuchi View Post
    This is not me - but it's where I live.

    Sausalito Crash 12:14:14 - YouTube
    I almost screamed like watching a scary scene in movie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by F.N.G View Post
    I almost screamed like watching a scary scene in movie!
    Sorry - I didn't mean for it to scare people - but it is something we should all be aware of as it could happen to any of us someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matuchi View Post
    This is the article from the local paper:

    Cyclist Silas Patlove hit a deer this week while riding his bike near the Golden Gate Bridge and captured the incident on video.

    On Sunday, Patlove was riding on Alexander Avenue headed toward Sausalito at about 3:24 p.m. when a deer jumped out in front of him, according to a YouTube video that has gone viral with more than 1 million views. Patlove was traveling at about 28 mph when a deer jumped over the metal barrier on the right side of the road directly into Patlove's path. His head-mounted camera caught the incident on film.

    "Although I don't remember it, I landed on my back and hit the back of my Giro helmet, which probably saved me from serious brain injury. Although I had a mild concussion with a bit of memory loss around the event, I am very grateful to have escaped feeling only a little banged up. I cannot speak to the deer's injuries," Patlove, reportedly of San Francisco, said in the comments section of the video.
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    Sorry - I didn't mean for it to scare people - but it is something we should all be aware of as it could happen to any of us someday.
    Yes and especially where I live in Colorado any kind of wildlife encounter can happen. I'll send this to my two sisters who are avid roadies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Yes and especially where I live in Colorado any kind of wildlife encounter can happen. I'll send this to my two sisters who are avid roadies.
    I ride 2.5 miles each way to my local trailhead so I'm also concerned about encounters to and from the mountain. I did have a suicide squirrel pull a back and forth in front of me going down a narrow fire road while I was hitting close to 30 mph - but I managed to avoid him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matuchi View Post
    I ride 2.5 miles each way to my local trailhead so I'm also concerned about encounters to and from the mountain. I did have a suicide squirrel pull a back and forth in front of me going down a narrow fire road while I was hitting close to 30 mph - but I managed to avoid him.
    Ha,ha classic!
    I lived in San Diego and there's a trail called a Big Laguna Trail in the local mountains east of SD. The squirrels would constantly do suicide missions out on to the trail just inches in front of your front wheel and stop and dart back the way they came. Just avoiding being hit. I never hit one but I'm sure it has happened there. And I'm sure some met their fate tangled in the spokes. It's was quite entertaining actually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Ha,ha classic!
    I lived in San Diego and there's a trail called a Big Laguna Trail in the local mountains east of SD. The squirrels would constantly do suicide missions out on to the trail just inches in front of your front wheel and stop and dart back the way they came. Just avoiding being hit. I never hit one but I'm sure it has happened there. And I'm sure some met their fate tangled in the spokes. It's was quite entertaining actually.
    I was riding with my buddy up Mt Tam last Thrusday and were in an area where the last Big Foot sighting happened back in 1967. I was telling him the story about two Sheriff Deputies that made the sighting and he blew it off as bullchit - it was in the papers back then. After a few moments he goes flying past me pedaling like crazy and after I caught up with him he told me he heard something in the bushes and he thought about my Big Foot story and it flipped him out. I laughed so hard I could barely ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matuchi View Post
    I was riding with my buddy up Mt Tam last Thrusday and were in an area where the last Big Foot sighting happened back in 1967. I was telling him the story about two Sheriff Deputies that made the sighting and he blew it off as bullchit - it was in the papers back then. After a few moments he goes flying past me pedaling like crazy and after I caught up with him he told me he heard something in the bushes and he thought about my Big Foot story and it flipped him out. I laughed so hard I could barely ride.
    Coincidence, I wonder..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Ha,ha classic!
    The squirrels would constantly do suicide missions out on to the trail just inches in front of your front wheel and stop and dart back the way they came. Just avoiding being hit. I never hit one but I'm sure it has happened there. And I'm sure some met their fate tangled in the spokes. It's was quite entertaining actually.
    My possum incident could then be called a suicide possum.
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    2 buddies and I were riding in the Whiskeytown area 2 springs ago when we were charged by a black bear. I've seen many a bear while riding in my 30 year career, but never been charged, Spooky. Glad there were 3 of us. But I've seen deer, bear, coon, porcupine, bobcat, bald eagle, osprey. Really cool living up here in Far-Nor-Cal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Coincidence, I wonder..

    Do you believe in BIGFOOT?
    I didn't see that thread.

    My riding buddy was born and raised in San Francisco so he's a real city boy. I had no idea he was going to react like he did but it was funny as hell.

    Years ago when my son was ten I took him and my wife up to Willow Creek in Northern California - that was near where they shot that alledged Big Foot footage back in the 1960's. My son is still a big fan of the Finding Big Foot show and that's what he wanted for his birthday - to go on a three day Big Foot hunt. I rented us a cabin up there and we spent both days and nights wandering around hoping we wouldn't make contact with one. We never found one but we had a great time hiking through the forrest up there.

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    Heard a wild pig that I startled on my last ride ^^

    Was plenty of fresh sign... so was quietly wary. Was on a tight, twisty track where the only way in/out was the track. Just descended down a steep switchback and was just leveling out & a sudden rush just to my right occurred, the pig ran into a sapling and it started to do the 'ba-dooing' backwards and forwards. Pretty sure as I upped my cadence, I was pushing behind the pig for a while until it headed off on a different tangent.

    Pigs are the only real menace where I frequent...

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    Quote Originally Posted by targnik View Post
    Heard a wild pig that I startled on my last ride ^^

    Was plenty of fresh sign... so was quietly wary. Was on a tight, twisty track where the only way in/out was the track. Just descended down a steep switchback and was just leveling out & a sudden rush just to my right occurred, the pig ran into a sapling and it started to do the 'ba-dooing' backwards and forwards. Pretty sure as I upped my cadence, I was pushing behind the pig for a while until it headed off on a different tangent.

    Pigs are the only real menace where I frequent...

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    We have Mountain Lions were we ride. Usually they don't bother you but a few months ago a young boy was dragged off until his family rescued him - the Mountain Lion was hunted down and killed. You always have to be aware of your surroundings when you ride.

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    squirrels
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    lots of gators
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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.
    No moss...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    I had a bizarre encounter with a possum several weeks ago. Most of you know what a possum looks like. But to me, they remind me of an overgrown Halloweenish, diseased and scary albino rat.

    As I'm riding along I look to my left and I see a possum scurrying pretty fast on a diagonal line towards me in my direction of flow along an open, grassy area (Think about driving along a frontage road with a freeway on your left and the possum is exiting the freeway and approaching the frontage road that you're driving along.)

    So this possum comes along to my immediate left and is now slightly ahead of me and running at my speed just to the left and parallel to the trail. As I'm watching him I stop pedaling as if to evaluate if he will past in front and across my path when he turns hard right across my path and he almost makes it across in front of me, but I run over its tail. This is all happening about 10 mph or so.

    As I'm riding over its tail, it immediately (speed of light)) curls up and attacks the wheel and tire. (Now you have to picture this in your mind and grasp just how fast this takes place while I'm rolling along) The rotation of the front wheel immediately flings the pissed possum up off the front wheel and lands onto my right leg just below the knee. (again, think at the speed of light [joking] how quickly this takes place) Now my adrenaline instantly spikes into the stratosphere as this hissing, flinging, pissed off animal is clamoring for a purchase of my leg or anything it can get with teeth or claws into.

    Without hesitation or any conscious thought, my leg and foot are out of the clips and as if punting a football I am ejecting this creature into space. There it goes about twenty feet to my forward right and it happened so fast that I pull to a stop and look around as if thinking "did that really just happen?"

    It must have happened and I'm in cardio/adrenaline over-drive as I'm looking in the direction of where the recently ejected possum landed. I don't know how freaked out that possum was, but I can assure you that I was freaked out. I've never had an encounter like that before. And, seriously hope to not have another.
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    My possum incident could then be called a suicide possum.
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