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Old 02-22-06, 09:50 PM   #1
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Wildlife you've seen

I saw a Bald Eagle while I was riding near Lake Mead today . This got me thinking about all the wildlife that mountainbikers see that MOST others never get to see unless they're at a zoo . What animals have you seen while on a ride ? I have seen Bears in Colorado and Whistler . Coyotes , Big Horned Sheep , A Desert Tortoise and a few Bald Eagles in Nevada .
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Coyotes is more or less constant. Come summer time they are everywhere. I almost ran one over once on b-line cross connect to Cheap thrills. Bears are pretty much constant too. Black bears are generally just ******* so they avoid us and people tend to take pics from far away.

Past that not much beyond the normal coons
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Old 02-22-06, 10:07 PM   #3
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Oh and of course the flock of bald eagles every springish in Brakendale. A site to beyond to see 1000's in one area
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I've seen lots of black bears while riding, Word is, a friend of mine actually hit one, left a little fur in his bar end. Dont quite know if I believe it though.
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Not a whole lot of bears where I ride, I've never seen one anyways. I've seen a couple of bald eagles. Nothing else too exciting. Quite a few grouse where I ride. They can kind of spook you when they flush right next to you. Lots of whitetail deer. I've almost hit a few of them. They're fun to chase down on your bike.
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All I see are bunnies on the side of the trail. I hate it when Im going down the hill and all the flying bugs are just floating in the air and some accidently get in my mouth lol.
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I've seen lots of rattlesnakes and scorpions , and a couple of tarantulas. Lots of Elk and Deer and Pronghorns , but most people have seen those . When I was staying in Moab for a while , my friends and I had this Kiwi we met looking for " Jackalope " . This went on for weeks ! That was 11 years ago, and I still cracked up when I remembered it. Good times in Moab.
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Elk, Deer, fox, coyote.
Startled a bull elk once coming around a curve, downhill with some speed, his first move was to lower his antlers and step into the trail, then he bolted off into the woods, thought I was a goner.
Passed a fox on the trail, I was goind up, it was going down, I moved to the left and it passed on my right, not 3 feet from my bike. Passed a fox off the trail once, it dropped in behind me and followed me for a couple hundred yards.
Saw some deer remains once, a fresh kill by a moutain lion, closest that I want to get to a mounain lion.
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When i was in the catskills area of New York State, I saw many creatures of the wild.
Deer, buck, possum, rabbit, quite amazing there...
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Jackrabbits, various birds mostly. Saw a buffalo in the wild only once.
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I've seen a sassquash or 2.
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deer, rabbits, birds, snakes, bobcats, coyotes, mountain lions, lizards,

theres a whole crapload of wild life out here
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bugs,birds,racoons,foxes,mountain lions,bears,rats,snakes,deer,cows,sheep,goats....
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Same wildlife as gmoney - bunches of it. I will say that I have yet to come across any of the mountain lions that I know are there...knock on wood. Now watch, I just jinxed myself and tomorrow I'm screwed.

Coolest was a bobcat about 20 feet away...startled it a bit.
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deer (hit one), rabbits, birds, snakes (ran over a few), bobcats, coyotes, mountain lions, lizards, bears, cows (hit one) and plauges of mice.
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Black Bear, whitetail deer, coyote, ruffed grouse, rabbit, rattlesnakes, copperheads, more eastern rat snakes than you can shake a stick at, jumping bass and catfish, rolling carp and suckers, ermine, weasel, and fox. First eight are abundant in my locale. Fishing is great on the New River, and so is the biking. Last three I have seen while riding a trail that a guy was using as a trapline. Its not one that you want to walk off of to relieve yourself!
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Mostly just Deer and Rabbits. The odd sasquatch here and there.
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Chipmunks.......I hate those things!!! They can scare the crap out of you while riding. How can something that small make so much freaking noise?!?!?!?!
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Now that I am in Texas I have seen a Bobcat and a cottonmouth snake laying on the trail. Too close for comfort. I reacted w/ a b!@#$ scream and was paranoid everytime I heard an armadillo rustle around the remainder of the way.
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I was riding along a trail one day and merged into a pack of Javelinas. They looked up at me and wondered how I got there and then split up.
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As a roadie, I don't see the live fauna quite as often as you folks - I see more road kill than I care to think about, though. On local rides, live deer and lizards are fairly common, coyotes, every so often.

Most unusual animal sightings for me were on a long-distance tour some years back. I had a moose (female, so no antlers) clamber up onto the road about 20 feet in front of me - I don't know which of us was more surprised. I also saw a bunch of bison from a significantly greater distance. Them suckers are massive.
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Chipmunks.......I hate those things!!! They can scare the crap out of you while riding. How can something that small make so much freaking noise?!?!?!?!
Cottontails and Jack Rabbits do the same thing to me all the time, Quail startle me fairly often too.
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Deer are frequent on my rides, especially when I go out in the hills out my back door (I've got 40 acres outside Spokane); wild turkeys are downright pests (and they crap all over my yard ) ; the occasional coyote; grouse scare the bejeebs out of me when they practically explode out from under my front tire. But the kicker was the evening I was screaming down a fire road dropping back into my valley, rounded a corner and darned near ran into a young bull moose! Fortunately, he wheeled and ran back down the road ahead of me.
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Deer, elk, squirrels, chipmunks, various birds, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, horses and humans are most common. Bears are the scariest.

I was riding up a trail in Canmore one time and saw a big brown rock move. As my friend and I kept riding toward it, we noticed the rock was eating berries off of a shrub. With only 20m to go, we realized it was a juvenile grizzly, spun around and got the **** out of there. I've never descended as fast.

Another bear run-in was more spooky than scary. 10 of us were out on a night ride, and we noticed two little dots of light in the shrubs up ahead. Then we noticed two bigger dots of reflected light about 6' off the ground and spaced farther apart. Ma bear and cub. We made a lot of noise as we turned around and headed back the way we came.

Hmmm. One other time I was riding up a stinking hot section of steep singletrack, and came up behind a bear cub. I saw a large movement on the trail past the cub. Second-fastest descent ever.
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