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    Wild Life Encounters on a MTB?

    Hey ya'll.

    I just saw a documentary on the National Geographic channel about mountain lions and mountain bikers.
    It seems that more and more mountain bikers and hikers, etc. are having close encounters with dangerous wild life on the trails. A large portion of the program re-enacted a situation when a mountain lion killed one mountain biker and then attacked and almost killed another biker all in the same day!

    Just wondering if anyone out there has had any similar encounters. If you did, I sure am glad you lived to write about it!

    P.S. I hope I'm not breaking any kind of forum etiquitte. If so.... sorry

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    This wasnt on a bike, but I think it counts..........

    To understand the story here is some background info; I am an aspiring herpetologist, I live for reptiles and amphibians, which is how I got into mnt biking, biking to areas I looked for snakes just set the hook in my mouth to get a good rig and ride for pleasure. My father is a hunter education instructor for the state, and we travel in the counties to places to teach. NOW on to the story............

    We where at a local range club teaching a class, I got board, and hearing of copperhead stories I decided to try and check some venomous snakes off of my 'to catch list' as I wander down a trail I notice some interesting things, targets, I had stumbled on to the tarchery trail, no worries I had blaze orange on, and no one was to be hunting on the property. The targets where foam animals, turkies deer etc etc, even some baboons and other funny animals.

    As I meander down the trail I think of things, current events, life, everything, its really a self centering practice. I remember a story of the hiker/biker being attacked by the mountain lions and I sart to think what would I do in tha situation..........lets pause I just want to say that ALOT of mental preperation is not enought to equip you for some instances PLAY......... As I pass a few piles of stacked wood I saw him, crouched, ears back, and looking DIRECTLY AT ME!!!!! I froze, there are no words for the fear that gripped my heart, I was dead, a squishytoy for my opponent. As we sat at a gaze (he gazed, I froze). A million things ran through my head.......................then one caught me.............I was in the middle of an archery range.....................with foam dummies as targets....................I had been in advertantly punked!!........my formidable opponant was a foam dummy, and I almost had to explain why I peed myself infront of 100 people I didnt know!! (Ididnt pee myself but I was close)

    So inclosing I would just like to say that no matter how much you think you will never be prepared for the real deal.
    -Jacob

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    I'm down in FL. I was riding a trail that parrallels a small creek. Where the tight singletrack trail I was on intersects another wider trail there is a small drop (maybe 12-18 inches). It's kind of blind, so you just hit it and launch.

    As I'm approaching it, nearly at the lip, I see him. About a 6'0" alligator right at the bottom of the drop. I didn't have time to stop, so I launched. Hit him near his hip with my back tire and scared the living bejeezus out of both of us. He high tailed it toward the creek and I left a brown stain in my shorts.
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    I ride a lot in a place called Bartram Forest, in Milledgeville, Georgia. I've seen a lot of wildlife out there, but, thankfully, none really dangerous. I've seen quite a few deer, and once, a buck stood in the middle of my trail while I was coming at him. He let me get about fifteen feet from him before he darted away. I've also seen a lot of different birds: wild turkeys, ducks, geese, some that looked like quail, and some buzzards. There are a few ponds in the forest that the trails circle. I've seen a snake on the edge of one of the ponds once.

    I enjoy seeing these animals out there while I'm riding. Bartram Forest is mostly truck paths maintained by the Georgia Forestry Dept. I think if I were riding a lot more on single track, I would be more concerned about it. When you're on a single track switch back leading to a down hill, you don't always have much time to react to what's in front of you.

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    OMG mountain lions, alligators, dummies thank goodness i live in the UK!!! The most ive ever seen is a badger, a fox, some cows and sheep. What a dull life i lead....

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    No insanely huge animals in the Uk that will eat you alive, but the worst thing thats tried hunting me down when on a trail was a little jack terrier Dog...

    And last week, i was out mountain boarding with a mate and we accidently rode through a horse field, they weren't too happy, imagine this, 2 guys, crapping themselves running, doing 20+ mph on 2 boards, with about 15- 20 9 foot horses galloping after you... I dont think ive ever been so scared in my life.. Not to mention im not a huge fan of horses anyway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayson
    OMG mountain lions, alligators, dummies thank goodness i live in the UK!!! The most ive ever seen is a badger, a fox, some cows and sheep. What a dull life i lead....
    Come to Cornwall and check out or beasts.... Furry animals wherever you go!

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    There are huge banana spiders on one of my local trails, but you only see them if you go early in the day. I have also heard of someone being bitten by a water moccasin there.

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    Came down a hill to see a skunk. Luckily it was looking the other way as I flew past it. I got tot he top of the next hill and turned to try to get my riding buddies to stop. Glad I didn't have to ride home with them.

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    Never attacked us, but we shared trails with wild boar in Germany. They'd take off as soon as they heard us comin', tho. Almost had a run-in with a 12 point buck here during hunting(*****) season. I was flyin' down the first DH on the trail and the buck was standing at the bottom. I hit my brakes and he took off. The scariest part is forgetting that it's deer season. After the buck and I spooked each other, I only rode another couple hundred yards before deciding there was way too much gunfire around there.
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    While riding on some VERY technical singletrack we had a run-in with a bear cub. At first we thought that it was a racoon, so we stopped to look at it. Then we saw it run and we were just like "oh jeez, its a cub" and I have never done that singletrack so fast in my life after that. We were afraid mom was close behind.

    Another time we were on a group night (about 6 people), we all had our lights and we came into a field area right next to a reservoir. We stopped at the opening into the field because we saw probably 20 eyes in the field. All we could really see was the eyes though because they were too far for the light to reflect off of anything else. We thought they might be coyotes or something, but we eventually worked up enough guts to start riding across the field and saw that they were a bunch of deer. We felt like wimps, but it was a cool sight because they let us get pretty close to them, then all of a sudden they all took off running.

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    My only encounter with a dangerous animal was during my 1/2 day visit to Whistler's bike park. It was getting late and was tired after four hours of my downhill debut and crashing once per descend so I come out of a right turn and find this brown bear in the middle of the trail. He was not that big by bear standards (compared to a Grizzly) but big enough to produce serious damage if angry. He ran into the woods and I sped up in case he changed his mind about me. Around here in Chicago I can only be attacked by a racoon

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    Rattlesnakes
    Elk/deer*
    Big horn sheep*
    4' black bear

    * nearly been squashed by 'em several times. Much neato.

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    The worst ive seen is big brown snakes everywhere in my trails in summer. One time we saw 3 brownies in the space of one minute so we decided to ride somewhere else that day
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    one day this summer at diablo mtn bike park there where a few bears hangin out on the BMW trail. i managed to steer clear but i saw them from the lift. i had a closeer bear encounter trail riding at waywayonder st park in North NJ going through this section called the swamp. the bear jumped out onto the trail ahead of me and ran ahead of me . i think we scared him but i almost crapped my pant.
    countless dear encounters but they dont count because they're cute. and on a tripto Arizona while riding on south mountain a copper head was chillin in the middle of the trail luckily i saw it and didnt run it over.it would of probably been pissed

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    Damn, you Americans and Canadians have an animal problem compared to the UK, i dunno what i would do if a bear jumped out in front of me.... Apart from try and get a new pair of boxers..

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    I see rabbits darting across the greenways all the time, they'll actually stop in my headlight sometime.
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    Bear. Its common enough where it doesn't even matter anymore. What scares me are the cubs. I see those and I turn around.

    Coyote...they got hungry one day and came down to the public area of the mountain.

    Otherwise eagles, deer, rabbit, all the usualy forest suspects. Bears actually being the most common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakehunter
    ..........I had been in advertantly punked!!........my formidable opponant was a foam dummy, and I almost had to explain why I peed myself infront of 100 people I didnt know!! (Ididnt pee myself but I was close)

    So inclosing I would just like to say that no matter how much you think you will never be prepared for the real deal.
    -Jacob
    DUDE! You had me at the edge of my seat until that last line. Then I almost wet myself!
    Thank God it WASN'T the real deal!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by a2psyklnut
    He high tailed it toward the creek and I left a brown stain in my shorts.
    I probably would have left more than just a stain!

    I'm such a chicken!!

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    I almost had a head-on collision with a squirrel.

    I was riding a narrow, worn in singletrack this afternoon and a ground squirrel was running in the rut in the opposite direction. At the very last second it darted up the side of the rut, but I thought I had hit it for sure.

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    I had an oppossum come after me one time. He got a swift kick to the grill when he tried to kamikaze my bottom bracket.

    I deal with coons all the time at my summer job. They always get into trash dumpster and get stuck if there isn't much trash. Usually we just get a rake and pin it in the corner and try to hook it under the front legs. Then we just lift up and they scurry off. Then there was the time one of the ladies told be to "Grab it because it looks so cute and harmless." Idiot

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    My closest trails are on the hog-backs at the start of the Colorado front range and they are dry, mostly sage brush, few trees, and hot. Great rattlesnake country and it isn't uncommon to see one when you are grinding up on a climb. It makes you forget about the lactic acid build up in your legs every time.

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    i came within a few feet of hitting a bear. just came over the crest of a hill, had a bit of speed, saw the bear and just naild the brakes. it just stared at me untill i stopped and then bolted. scared the hell outta me. ive seen lots of little animals too. iv actually ran over a squirrel and came close with mice and a rabbit. when you live where i do its a normal thing to see a few moose or deer and a bear every once in a while.

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    I'm still looking over my shoulder because of this encounter.

    Coy Dogs

    Coy dogs. Has anyone had any experiences with Coy dogs? Do they attack humans?

    This is what I've been getting. They seem to be waiting for me on my commute at 2:45am.- 3:30am For the last 6 or 7 days. ( The bear spray is always ready)

    Last night I could hear them for at least 3/4 of a mile. before riding in to a field of them(4 or 5). after coming off a trail I take all summer long with out any problems. I stop point my head lights toward them .They all stop howling and focus there attention on me. Then one of them starts to growl at me. Thats when I say it's time to go!
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