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    whats the scariest aminal you have seen in the wild?

    for me it was a huge sting ray biger then are boat while I was diveing in the keys so how about you?

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    My 65 year old mother in law flashed me her breast once. Terrifying .

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    Quote Originally Posted by garyus View Post
    My 65 year old mother in law flashed me her breast once. Terrifying .
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    Quote Originally Posted by garyus View Post
    My 65 year old mother in law flashed me her breast once. Terrifying .


    The closest I can even get to that, and it still not that close, was the time I was face to face with an angry cow moose protecting her two calves.

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    That depends. I see alligators pretty often, some consist them scary, but i grew up fishing around them. They aren't scary to me.

    I'm not fond of spiders so i guess i would say the camel spiders in Afghanistan were the worst. Technically harmless but... Ick!!!

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    On a safari in Africa, our jeep was charged by an angry elephant. We narrowly escaped.

    We are sitting there snapping pictures, I notice he started swishing his tail and as I said "He sort of looks an....OH *****!" The driver took off just before he got close enough to hit us. Then the driver started to slow down and so it turned and charged us again. In the moment we were all laughing but once we got to safety and all sat down, the reality of near death set in.

    We also saw lions, hyenas, rhinos, baboons and alligators up close, all of which could be scary. Of course there were lots of other animals but they weren't scary.
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    Rats. I hate rats.

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    Once upon I time I came upon a six-foot-long rattlesnake sunning itself across an eight-foot-wide bike path. I stopped rather quickly, then backed off, trying to decide if I was brave enough to go around either end. (Turning around was a poor option and would have added many miles to my route.) After a few minutes of baking in the sun (both of us), it decided to slither off into the underbrush.

    Then I moved here. There are moose here.

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    I've contacted quite a few wild animals including boars, alligators, rattlesnakes, bobcats and coyotes, but the ones that directly posed the most threat were a bull who didn't like me in his pasture, and motorists who don't like me on their streets.
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    Venomous-Cottonmouth-snake-photos%u00252B%252815%2529.jpg2679191173.jpg

    Darned cottonmouths are just mean enough to come right after you.

    I've heard badgers are too but haven't had that pleasure.
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    I have had close enough encounters with; Grizzly bears, black bears, cougars, rattlesnakes, moose, bison, coyotes, and wolves.

    The worst encounters have always been with **** sapiens.

    Most of the other animals want as much to do with you as you them as they know how dangerous we are... for a few seasons we had a wolf at our camp that was nearly hand tame as he had lost a leg in a trap and had come around looking for handouts as he could not hunt well and seemed to be alone.

    I don't trust black bears or cougars, if they approach you it is because they have gotten the notion that you might be dinner or have dinner... Grizzly bears are pretty happy to go the other way if you give them space and seem to have better sense than their smaller more aggressive relatives.

    Bison are probably one of the most dangerous animals on the continent, they are unpredictable, fear nothing, and can hit 40 mph... and they are really agile. Have met these on the trail and you have to give them lots of room and no excuse to run you down.

    Moose are just about as bad... cows with calves are something you don't want to run into.

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    Barracuda while diving in Cozumel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bici_mania View Post
    On a safari in Africa, our jeep was charged by an angry elephant. We narrowly escaped.

    We are sitting there snapping pictures, I notice he started swishing his tail and as I said "He sort of looks an....OH *****!" The driver took off just before he got close enough to hit us. Then the driver started to slow down and so it turned and charged us again. In the moment we were all laughing but once we got to safety and all sat down, the reality of near death set in.
    Nah, that elephant is staged. The driver gives the elephant some peanuts if it performs the act. I see it had you quite terrified but you needn't had worried.

    But seriously, does the driver wait until the last moment before driving off so the elephant doesn't have time to change direction? Ya know, coz if he drove off too soon (maybe he couldnt drive fast enough due to rugged terrain) then the elephant could change direction while it was charging.
    We also saw lions, hyenas, rhinos, baboons and alligators up close, all of which could be scary. Of course there were lots of other animals but they weren't scary.
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    3 am,middle of nowhere, alone on my bike, coasting down a hill on a calm one lane country road... I see eyes in the road, maybe a raccoon, maybe...

    WTF! It's a 10 foot gator in the middle of the road, standing upright (on 4 legs) like some kind of freakin' Godzilla movie monster.

    Thank God for my crazy bright light that allowed me to stop 15 feet short instead of rolling right into hum.

    I backed up while keeping the light in his eyes, and chose an alternate route a couple blocks over.
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    Soccer mom in mini van... texting, slapping kids around in back seat, and eating while driving (?). Much worse than camel spiders and scorpions (Saudi), grizzlies on the bike path (Fairbanks), 6 foot rattlers in E.WA, or anything else I've come across.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinger View Post
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    They don't have these where I've lived thank the gods.

    OMG this belongs in the picture thread.
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    I'd have to say wild hogs. Big ugly and teeth that can do as much or more damage than any big cat species.
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    Bunnies, chipmunks, and squirrels.

    I must not lead a very exciting life.

    With how many black bear there are around as I live in rural western PA, I haven't encountered very many, and all the encounters amounted to seeing them in a field or crossing the road while I drove past in a car.

    They insist there are no mountain lions in PA. My wife heard a strange scream in the field beside our house one night. She didn't hang out in the back yard for very much longer. Few days later, my neighbor's 2 dogs tied up outside were ripped open, still alive but guts spilled out on the ground. He had to put them down. He claims he saw a large cat paw in the mud. I like to read the stories of large cat encounters in PA. I was watching a youtube video when my wife reading a book on the other couch asked what that sound was. Told her it was a mountain lion scream. She claimed it sounded exactly what she heard in the field that night. A few weeks ago we were out at late dusk in the back yard around the fire when something ran up through the yard along the field. Couldn't see it, but it looked very cat-like to me.

    Rattlesnakes are rare to see. I've never seen one out in the woods. There are copperheads at the river though and I ran one over last year as it crossed the trail. Didn't see it until I got it with the front tire because of leaves on the trail. I always wondered, what would happen getting bit by a venomous snake while riding the bike out in the middle of nowhere with an elevated heart rate. It's not like anyone could come to the rescue quickly, I'm out in the middle of nowhere and with the elevated heart rate, I would guess the venom would spread through the body much more rapidly.

    I encounter deer all the time. The girls and I like to see how close we can walk up on them in the yard. They can't see us and when they put their head down to take a bite of apple laying on the ground, we take another step or 2. They hear us, look up, and we freeze. They eventually go to take another bite and we take another step. We get about 8 feet away before they finally alert and run off.

    My grandmother though has grabbed a fist full of black bear fur. They moved permanently out to the hunting camp in the Allegheny National Forest. They didn't have a well yet and she washed clothes in an old wringer washer out in the side yard. She reached back to the basket to grab a handful of clothes and grabbed a handful of fur instead. Grandma found out she could dart into the house pretty quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinger View Post

    They don't have these where I've lived thank the gods.
    I know where that picture was taken. It's how we keep the tourists off the MUP at everglades holiday park. The smart ones go back to New York, the dumb ones get eaten

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    Mountain lion
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    Stumbled across a momma black bear with a cub while backpacking east of Fairbanks. She wasn't happy, we weren't happy, so we parted ways on terms we both could agree on. Lots of moose encounters. Alligators on golf courses but I'd say I was more of a danger to other golfers than the gators.
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    Mama cows with calves, in the Spring, just out of the barn from being in there all winter, and they are too stupid to remember that they get accustomed to you cutting through their fields.
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