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Old 09-28-15, 06:30 PM
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When I lived in Texas, I was on a bike path, and a small armadillo came out of the bushes quicker than I could react. I hit my brakes, but still collided with it. The thing was completely un-injured, and skittered away.
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- Squirrels - one nearly got me today
- Hawks
- Turkey vultures - usually eating dead wildlife
- deer - all the time, they are all over this area
- turtles - I helped one up a curb once and he tried to pee on me
- geese - After helping the turtle up, I put him down and turned around to find an angry goose. But I see geese all the time.
- fox - just once
- groundhog - there is one in a neighborhood near a creek
- raccoons - caught some sneaking back into a storm drain once at Stanford
- Owl - just once
- Copperhead - Passed within inches of one, didn't recognize the pattern until too late
- Opossums - usually dead, not sure I've ever seen a live one
- Frogs
- skinks
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Old 09-28-15, 07:21 PM
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Passed a llama farm yesterday on the Harvest Century ride, here in NW Oregon.
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Old 09-28-15, 08:51 PM
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I used to have a commuting route that went through the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve in San Diego. I raced a coyote down the road and surprised a bobcat who was about to kill a rabbit. The rabbit however, noticed that the bobcat had gotten distracted by me and got away. I also encountered mule deer, hummingbirds and skunks.

In college, there was an open field full of prairie dogs in their tunnels that I passed coming home from work.

One time I saw a bunch of kids trying to throw rocks at the top of a power pole and verbally shaming a kestrel for eating a rodent. I had to set the kids straight on kestrel diet and stopped them from throwing rocks.

Now, in Little Rock, riding along the river I've encountered deer, a large cat (not kitty, but more puma sized) and in flood conditions, ridden between the fish swimming above the bike path.
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Old 09-29-15, 06:31 AM
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A manatee last week. Dolphins occasionally, and an otter once.

(not the greatest picture. a friend asked if it was a shark.)
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Old 09-29-15, 06:48 AM
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I'm in the suburbs, with lots of multi-use pathways. I routinely see deer, and the damn things are stupid and fearless.

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Old 09-29-15, 07:26 AM
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Here in central Phoenix we have different wildlife. Such as the Foul Mouthed Warbler, Yellow Bellied Bike Thrasher.
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Only stray, almost wild, dog packs. Scaring the crap out of me. Not much wildlife where I ride.
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This time of year, a bigger nature hazard are the Osage Oranges, black walnuts, and hickory nuts. You can dodge the Osage, but the squirrels seem to hide the walnut and hickory husks under leaves on the MUP.
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Old 09-29-15, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by kuroba View Post
Only stray, almost wild, dog packs. Scaring the crap out of me. Not much wildlife where I ride.
I have been harassed by some loose farm dogs well outside of town here. I was all ready to stop and pet them, too... and had to take off in a hurry when I realized they weren't friendly.
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Old 09-29-15, 09:47 AM
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What Wildlife have you come across?

Originally Posted by baldilocks View Post
… What have you come across on your commute?
I’m not particularly an animal lover, and the most exotic animal was a deer within the city limits in an urban neighborhood. I did have two memorable animal experiences though:

Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
One of my most heart-wrenching cycling experiences was when I saw a turtle in the road. I rode on by for several yards, not more than about 100, and decided to turn around and move it to the side of the road. Just then, a big tan SUV drove by and ran it over, smashing it to bits. I couldn’t be sure if it was deliberate, but the SUV tires went directly over the turtle.

I certainly learned the lesson, not to hesitate, or second-guess when thinking about a good deed (”We may never pass this way again”)…

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@Jim from Boston I'm not the only one who stops to move turtles?!
I guess not. I even stopped once to help a skunk...and even cagers. ...That incident happened on my morning cycle commute at least ten, or more years ago, and I posted about it on Bike Forums years ago (I joined in 2008). Not to mention the brand name, but the skunk had its head stuck in a yogurt cup with a wide bottom and narrow opening (the frustum of a cone). The skunk looked so pitiful, and surely would have wandered into the street. My recollection is that I jumped back as soon as the cup came off his head, and fortunately I was opposite the business end of the skunk. I don’t remember if it did spray.

I believe I did mention that a few years after that event I happened to have driven a car to work (I rarely do) and parked in the visitors parking lot. As I was leaving and stopped to pay the attendant, he told me he had witnessed my good deed while driving by years ago and let me pass for free.

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Old 09-29-15, 09:59 AM
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Things I have almost hit on my bike - fox, deer, flock of turkeys.

Things I have rescued off the road while riding - turtles (including snappers), an unconscious deer that got clipped by a car (thought it was dead but it came to while I was using my light to signal oncoming drivers of the hazard half in the road), loose dogs in 55 mph roads.

Routinely see lots of deer, turkeys, herons, and eagles (they come to the pond on our work campus to eat the plentiful carp). Once while riding a rail trail in PA saw a dude holding a pissed off rattlesnake. I asked him if he routinely caught them and he said "nope, first time" then tossed it on the ground right next to a packed trail on a busy labor day weekend!
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Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
I see elk from time to time when I ride through the forest preserve in Elk Grove Village. There's a herd of them there that the developers put in after people kept pointing out there weren't any elk in the town.
I ride through there all the time.

Other wildlife I've seen:

Coyote - Just once, but it was laying on the path in a meadow. I think it was just absorbing the heat from the asphalt.
Fox - It was in my front yard when I was finishing my commute that evening. As soon as it saw me coming close, it ran away.
Deer - all over the area. Earlier this year, I was riding along the Des Plaines river trail, and there was one within arm's reach of the trail. It wasn't moving from there, so I slowed way down and rode past it. It just stayed there the whole time watching me.
Rabbits, squirrels, raccoon, skunks, opossum I see every week, if not more often than that.
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I saw a red fox on my way into work last week. That was a first for me. @noglider I have seen coyotes twice so far commuting in Tibbetts Park in Yonkers.
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Various snakes, foxes, deer, turtles, gopher tortoises, squirrels (can live without them), a peacock occasionally, hawks. I had a hummingbird buzz my wheel once probably responding to the hum of my dyno. It's the vultures looking down from the trees that bother me.
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I regularly see skunks. I put a wide angle lens on my Magicshine and that makes it easy to spot them before I get too close. They remind me of my tiny jet black cat from a distance, and that's as close as I want to get to them.
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This morning I saw an armadillo moseying on across the roadway. Car coming the other way slowed until it got to my side of the road. I was far enough back that I didn't really have to slow down.

Those things must be thinking "No fks given as I cross this road" haha
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When I lived in the Midwest it was mostly possums, rabbits, and squirrels though I did see raccoons, fox, deer, and skunks occasionally.

Now, in Montana, I see lots of deer, raccoons and skunks, some big horn sheep and elk, and less often, wild turkeys, coyotes and black bears, and rarer still river otters.

I've run over a couple of cats and a possum and hit a dog. I went over the handle bars with the dog collision -- very painful outcome.
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Bobcats, cougars, armadillos, wild hogs, herons, foxes, and alligators when I lived in Florida. Deer, rabbits, turtles, and squirrels on my current commute in Georgia.
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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
I used to have a commuting route that went through the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve in San Diego. I raced a coyote down the road and surprised a bobcat who was about to kill a rabbit. The rabbit however, noticed that the bobcat had gotten distracted by me and got away.
Sounds like you owe some bobcat a lunch . . . the rabbit owes you much more.

On my commute I encounter numerous feral chicken . . . first time I realized chickens could fly really disturbed my, until I thought of the alternative - that chickens could climb trees. Also regularly encounter deer, rabbits, squirrels, occasionally a coyote. I've seen a couple of snakes sunning themselves on the MUP, including one rattlesnake, that was not pleased we chose to pass by so closely (I thought it was a stick). Lots of birds along the river - Canadian geese, blue heron, egrets, ducks (a mallard almost took me out earlier this year as it cut across the MUP as it was landing), hawks, and an owl paced me for about 100 yards the other morning.
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Dungeness crab out of the trap & into the Pot. Fish , On the Filleting table, by the West Mooring Basin..
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i see a bunch of rabbits in teh park on the way home from work usually.

I saw an armadillo the other day. freak think was...he was actually alive! (southerns can attest that most armadillos you see are roadkill)
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Originally Posted by Supermau View Post
Four turkeys at once this summer and a few snakes, one of which I managed to photograph.
I spooked some deer on a couple of night rides as well - and they spooked me too.

I had a sneak cross in front of me last week out in the no men's land . It scare the crap out of me as I really hate sneaks . Otherwise , red tail fox , wild turkey , Canada geese , racoons .
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i see a bunch of rabbits in teh park on the way home from work usually.

I saw an armadillo the other day. freak think was...he was actually alive! (southerns can attest that most armadillos you see are roadkill)
Yep, no doubt! I was surprised at seeing the one crossing the road this morning.
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Originally Posted by mapeiboy View Post
I had a sneak cross in front of me last week out in the no men's land . It scare the crap out of me as I really hate sneaks . Otherwise , red tail fox , wild turkey , Canada geese , racoons .
I hear ya. I think I've run up on three this summer and nearly ran over each one, but didn't thankfully for both of us.
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