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Old 07-10-11, 09:22 AM   #1
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glad this isn't my commute

Bike hit by bear

"The bear packed a pretty good punch."
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Old 07-10-11, 09:38 AM   #2
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Hit by a bear? Hope Mr. Hearn went right out and bought a lottery ticket. He's only a century away from here. Every bear I've ever seen around here was in a big hurry to be somewhere else, and I've only seen one in the last 5 yrs. while on my pre-dawn ride to work. Deer are a much more significant hazard. I have had close calls with them before.
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Old 07-10-11, 09:44 AM   #3
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Our main threat is large snapping turtles on the MUP's. Most of
our paths are along the storm drain system and through national
protected wet lands.
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No bear in my area, but I have had run-ins with deer, skunk, snapping turtles, snakes, woodchucks and geese. I see them all frequently but thankfully they don't become an issue very often.

I did have a rabbit attack me once ala Monty Python. I was riding down an old railroad trestle that had been converted to be part of the MUP. There was a rabbit near the entrance, and rather than running to the side when I came along it took off down the trestle. About 3/4 of the way across it decided that it was tired of being chased and turned to counter attack. I am not making this up when I say that I ducked and it whizzed over my left shoulder, then ran back down the trestle in the opposite direction. After that I considered carrying the Holy Hand Grenade Of Antioch in my panniers.
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Old 07-10-11, 11:26 AM   #5
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Glad I don't deal with animals much bigger than squirrels on my commute. Although I have come across a few beavers.
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Glad I don't deal with animals much bigger than squirrels on my commute. Although I have come across a few beavers.
.........no, no I'm not going to say anything..........best to just go.............
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I have come across a few beavers.
Must, resist, not, comment, making.
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Old 07-10-11, 09:58 PM   #8
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The black bear appeared to be shaken, but got up and scurried off into the woods.
I have this image of a bear in court wearing a neck collar and represented by legal counsel.
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Dang!

I worry about hitting a deer at night but that doesn't seem like such a big deal anymore.
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Glad I don't deal with animals much bigger than squirrels on my commute. Although I have come across a few beavers.
Careful with those squirrels. I've had one run between my wheels and know a few people that haven't been so lucky. Cleaning squirrel chunks out of your wheels isn't pretty. And don't expect it to net you any beaver either.
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