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Old 09-19-06, 02:06 PM   #1
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OMG! A Really BIG dog...

turned out to be a deer, and not just one but several just grazing there by the road this morning. This isn't the first time it's happened, and everytime I seem them up in front of me, I instantly think it is a big dog! Only for a few seconds, but enough to get my heart racing. Then the sight of the peaceful deer, just standing there looking at me as I ride by, calms me back down. My first post, and I wanted it to be a good one.

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turned out to be a deer, and not just one but several just grazing there by the road this morning. This isn't the first time it's happened, and everytime I seem them up in front of me, I instantly think it is a big dog! Only for a few seconds, but enough to get my heart racing. Then the sight of the peaceful deer, just standing there looking at me as I ride by, calms me back down. My first post, and I wanted it to be a good one.

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I saw an owl swoop in front of me and snatch up some small furry creature last week.
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Deer scare me, they are quicker, and can take you down too. A loud Noooo! almost never works with deer, either!
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Be careful around deer. Not always, but often their first impulse upon sensing danger is to flee in the direction they came from. If they crossed the road, you come pedaling along and all of a sudden the flighty things decide you're dangerous............

I had this happen awhile back with a silly doe. She just stood there by the side of the road watching me approach, then almost took me off the bike when she decided she should run. The buck went the other way. Maybe it was just a female thing.
I don't recall ever getting passed by a car that close.

Cool that you're seeing them.
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Be careful around deer. Not always, but often their first impulse upon sensing danger is to flee in the direction they came from. If they crossed the road, you come pedaling along and all of a sudden the flighty things decide you're dangerous............

I had this happen awhile back with a silly doe. She just stood there by the side of the road watching me approach, then almost took me off the bike when she decided she should run. The buck went the other way. Maybe it was just a female thing.
I don't recall ever getting passed by a car that close.

Cool that you're seeing them.

This happend to a friend of mine, but he was on a motorcycle and the deer actually broadsided him. Totalled the bike and messed him up pretty bad. My brother in law was broadsided by a deer in his car, he didn't even know what hit him until he saw the beast get up off the side of the road in his rearview and run into the woods.
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Old 09-19-06, 03:06 PM   #6
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Boy no kidding. They will do some real bad things to you if they **** out and bolt your way. Be careful. Enjoying them from a distance is plenty cool for me.

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For me it's the skunks. I smell them often in the morning as I pedal through dark neighborhoods, but what I hate is when I glimpse them running away from the road just a few feet to my right as I whiz by. For some reason I just don't spot them in the Solo headlight beam....except for the one I saw two weeks ago standing in the middle of the road challenging me.

I swear it is just a matter of time until I get sprayed....instant sick day at work for that one!
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Yeah, if i see deer I stop a safe distance. After a bit, sometimes they'll walk away on their own. Otherwise, I just start to slowly walk towards them and then they get the idea. Oh...and if you're riding with a bright headlight when you approach them...turn it off
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I once raced Bambi for a short while in NJ. Stupid deer right hooked me, too -- good thing I was laying back to try to take pics with the camera phone. (I was pretty sure the animal was going to cut in front of me too so it wasn't close)
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Hahaha, "peaceful deer" - wait until one jumps out of the brush and nearly takes your head off, or kicks gravel in your face, or runs alongside you and then decides to cut you off. I've had all those happen to me.
I still enjoy seeing all kinds of wildlife when riding, but I'd much rather have a dog than a deer from a safety point of view. I can probably figure out what a dog is going to do, but deer are big, heavy random motion machines.
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I'm seeing a lot of deer here in OH, too. Very unpredictable. They seem to herd together, so if you see one, plan for more. Often, in my experience, the scariest is when one is on the side of the path/road, and 6 more bolt out as you approach to catch up with the other one. That makes for an interesting "oh carp!" moment.

My wife saw a buck with a big rack the other day on a bike path. They are certainly prettier than the Moose we saw so much of in Idaho a few weeks ago. Smell better, too. LOL
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One of the farms I pass by has a pack of large funny looking dogs that are kind of like oversized rottweilers. Fortunately, they're behind a fence and seem relatively calm. One night, they were waiting for me on the road because a storm knocked down a tree and destroyed the fence.

Fortunately, they didn't attack and just barked at me a bit. These dogs have a strange bark -- I'd describe it as kind of a mooing sound........
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Hehe!

I was riding up a gravel rd. in Idaho and after riding past some cows, came to some horses. I have passed these horses in a car/truck at least a few times every year over the last 12 years. They never pay any attention to anyone.

But MAN they had to come check out the bicyclist! They didn't know what to make of me
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Hehe!

I was riding up a gravel rd. in Idaho and after riding past some cows, came to some horses. I have passed these horses in a car/truck at least a few times every year over the last 12 years. They never pay any attention to anyone.

But MAN they had to come check out the bicyclist! They didn't know what to make of me
Horses are a lot like dogs in that they're fairly sociable and curious. And the small ones are no bigger than some of the great danes I've seen........
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Yeah, the horses I ride past all year come running to the front of the field and trot alongside me every year the first day I put the studded tires on and start making strange noises.
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Very cool. I am not very familiar with horses, so that was new to me.
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That makes for an interesting "oh carp!" moment.
I usually have those when I'm fishing. Thank you ladies and gentlemen, I'll be here all week.
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Boy, you all are making me hate Bambi I have only been commuting since the beginning of the summer and I guess I have a lot to learn. From now on, I'll approach a deer in a very different (and much more wiser) way. I appreciate all the great advice.
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I still like to see deer, any wild animal is pretty cool to see. I just remember that they're random motion machines and will do crazy things.

In GENERAL you can guess what they'll do; if you see one, there's almost certainly at least 2 more, maybe as many as 8 or more. If they get spooked while running across the road, they may turn and run right back into you. Once one makes it across, the others get really set on following, so even if they're at the side of the road or in the ditch/woods, once one is across they may run right into you if spooked.

However, always bear in mind that it's exactly when you're pretty sure what they'll do that they will surprise you.

In general, if I see a deer, regardless of my vehicle, I slow down to 10MPH or less until I'm well past.
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i have a built-in safety mechanism because if i see any animal i want to stop and look at it. so if i see a deer (or 5 deer) i slow down to crawling-speed and STARE at them. and coo. and say "hello there!" or whatever. haha. :/

there are big shaggy reddish-brown cows on the country road way to my work, and they don't seem all that interested in me. once i skidded to a stop near some jersey cows (on the other side of a fence) and a baby cow a few feet from me totally freaked out and booked it in the other direction. it was pretty funny, but i felt kind of bad
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i have a built-in safety mechanism because if i see any animal i want to stop and look at it. so if i see a deer (or 5 deer) i slow down to crawling-speed and STARE at them. and coo. and say "hello there!" or whatever. haha. :/

there are big shaggy reddish-brown cows on the country road way to my work, and they don't seem all that interested in me. once i skidded to a stop near some jersey cows (on the other side of a fence) and a baby cow a few feet from me totally freaked out and booked it in the other direction. it was pretty funny, but i felt kind of bad
Moo at them. I like doing that. They will occasionally moo back. Man, that's a good feeling.

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This whole year I have rarely seen any animals, but this past weekend and this week I have seen a bunch of different ones. Came within 12 feet of a buck this morning and on wednesday had 3 pass right in front of me. This is at like 5:30PM which is unusual. Mainly the animal I see the most is wood chucks. They are cool. They sit by the side of the road and when I come by that run beside me for a good 40-50 feet. Fast little things.
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i have a built-in safety mechanism because if i see any animal i want to stop and look at it. so if i see a deer (or 5 deer) i slow down to crawling-speed and STARE at them. and coo. and say "hello there!" or whatever. haha. :/
I tend to talk to animals too. Usually I just say what they are, and maybe some instructions. "Get outta the way, squirrel" or "Hey, raccoon."
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I see deer nearly every day on my commute through the forest preserve. It may sound silly, but I bark at them like a big dog, loudly ... "rufff ruff ruff". Instead of them staring at me until I'm way too close, when they hear that, they beat it back into the woods or corn field.
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