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Old 05-16-07, 11:11 PM
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What furry animals have you almost hit?

I was reading the "How was your commute" and started thinking about this.

I live in rural Arkansas. The town is about 35-40 thousand people and my commute is all on the out skirts of town. I live next to a lake and kind of on a pennisula. In my neighborhood we have 5 to 7 guineas. They are fearless and will try to attack you. We also have at least 15 deer. I was on my way home from work one morning at 6:20 a.m. and a deer on the golf course jumped about 15 ft. in front of me. The two things that worried me the most were: Its going to stop and I will run right into it. and the other was that they rarely are alone so the next one will probably run me over.

A lot of my ride is on the side of a lake so I have also came close to taking out a few geese.

What are some of your close calls with Gods creatures?
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Old 05-17-07, 02:28 AM
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I get hit by magpies in their nesting season. Some of them have made claw marks in the foam part of my helmet they are that aggressive. Always on the left side though...
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Old 05-17-07, 04:21 AM
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Not furry, but I have a near miss with a Canadian Goose at least once a week. I think they smell my fear.
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Old 05-17-07, 06:04 AM
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Had a squrrel run under my front tire. It was like the game Frogger. It nearly missed getting hit by a car coming towards me, then nearly missed getting hit my me. I did get a little of it's tail though. I just clamped down on the bars and hoped for the best... Luckily we both make it out without a scratch.
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Old 05-17-07, 06:23 AM
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Old 05-17-07, 06:30 AM
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In residential neighborhoods squirrels are a regular hazard. They seem to like to play chicken. Rabbits have also made the occasional attempt to be run over. Part of my commute is in the metro park on the tow path (MUP). The path has a river on one side and an old canal on the other. I this area I have had to slow for deer crossing the road and have regular run-ins with the geese. One morning this week a goose family got caught with goslings on both sides of the path. The gander decided no one would pass until the goslings were all together. He stopped me in my tracks by hissing and spreading his wings to cover the path. Even after the goslings were safe together I had to herd him out of the path using my bike. I have to run this kind of gauntlet just about every day during the early part of the season.
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Old 05-17-07, 06:37 AM
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Not quite furry animals but on a wide sidewalk that was converted into a 2-way bike path I came across a large number of lizards sunning themselves on the concrete, one about every 10-20 feet. Sometimes they wouldn't see me until I was already going by, but they seemed to have some common sense when they saw me because they'd run towards the closest bush rather than panicking and running all over the place like jackrabbits tend to. Lots of squished lizard carcasses all over the place...I just rode in the middle and watched the live ones scatter to the sides.
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I ran over a snake two days ago. No furry animals have tried to go under the bike yet, but I tend to slow a bit around bunnies and squirrels, they do crazy stuff. The groundhogs all seem to run directly away from me so I don't worry about them.

And I saw a fox the other day. that was cool.
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Squirrels, dogs, cats, beavers, rabbits, possum, deer, and a fox once.
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Originally Posted by squegeeboo
I ran over a snake two days ago. No furry animals have tried to go under the bike yet, but I tend to slow a bit around bunnies and squirrels, they do crazy stuff. The groundhogs all seem to run directly away from me so I don't worry about them.

And I saw a fox the other day. that was cool.
Groundhogs do seem to do the more intelligent thing but it makes sense. A ground hog is not going to make any predator miss. His only hope is to get into is burrow where he can hide and possibly defend himself. Rabbits and squirrels are quick enough that they can throw off predators targeting them by making quick unpredictable changes in direction. Unfortunately this is what gets them in trouble with the vehicle trying to avoid impact.

I havn't seen a fox or beaver while on a bike, impressive list.

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Originally Posted by CBBaron
In residential neighborhoods squirrels are a regular hazard. They seem to like to play chicken. Rabbits have also made the occasional attempt to be run over. Part of my commute is in the metro park on the tow path (MUP). The path has a river on one side and an old canal on the other. I this area I have had to slow for deer crossing the road and have regular run-ins with the geese. One morning this week a goose family got caught with goslings on both sides of the path. The gander decided no one would pass until the goslings were all together. He stopped me in my tracks by hissing and spreading his wings to cover the path. Even after the goslings were safe together I had to herd him out of the path using my bike. I have to run this kind of gauntlet just about every day during the early part of the season.
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Also the other day, I almost ran over a 6 ft (no kidding) king snake or corn snake or whatever that was sunning itself. The problem with those guys is you think it is a stick until it is almost too late. The impressive part is that while I almost crapped myself, the snake didn't even flinch.
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Old 05-17-07, 07:19 AM
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last season while riding the MUP along the river after dark I almost Ran into a 10 Point buck.

I was riding with my 10 watt flood light and came across the deer standing on the MUP.

It wouldnt move and was a little upset with me I turned on My 20w spot and yelled at it.

it decided to beat feat.

also almost hit a doe and two yearlings as I rounded a corner on the same MUP. the Doe jumped into the woods , the two little ones ran with me for a while Id say 60 Yards then dissapeared into some brush.

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On a recent ride I took the MUP with its multi million $$ tunnel under a 4 lane street. The approach curves downhill & the tunnel also curves, so there is restricted visibility. As I entered the tunnel, four transients were sitting in a circle just ahead. I swerved & missed the closest by about a foot. They were slow to react, but as I emerged back into the bright sun, a string of expletive deleted threats followed me.
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Old 05-17-07, 07:30 AM
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I've had a squirrel do the zig zag, back and forth, which way to go directly in front of me.

Had a small snake (a hairless one ) cruising across the path, but I swerved around him.

2 days ago I had a Caterpillar with a death wish cross in front of me... he was hauling azzz...... seriously fast.
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Old 05-17-07, 07:37 AM
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I slowed to a near-stop for a calico cat crossing the road the other day. She didn't see me for some reason, I think she probably usually goes by sound. The road bisects the farm she lives on, with barns 15 feet from the gravel road on either side, so she's no doubt used to people-sized objects walking back and forth across the road all the time, and it took her a minute to realize that I was traffic and not a pedestrian; then she scooted back to the side.

I have to slow down for a squirrel every few days. I see rabbits and woodchucks and skunks and stuff, but they're always on the side of the road so I don't really pay much attention to them.
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was riding in a state park early one morning... only had a blinkie for headlight... dark object sitting in middle of road right in front of me... I slowed down... and just as I can up on it.. it darted off.. A raccoon!
I have since bought a Ninotte head light so I can see these critters.. it was just by luck I didnt hit it...
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2 crazy birds flew through my spokes this am. I think they're ok...
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Dog, cat, possum, fox, rabbit, nutria, tarantula and a Greek - or possibly an Armenian. Hard to tell for certain at speed but he was quite furry and jogging shirtless.
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I hit a squirrel just yesterday, at the bottom of a hill where I had hit a top speed of 32 mph. I was probably down to 25 mph. Not fun.

Previously, on one of my very first mountain bike rides, I ran over a snake that had stretched itself across a jeep trail.
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Tribbles.

Damned things seem to multiply all over the place!
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Stupid rabbits.
The silly things run the same direction just ahead of you, then cut right in front of you without warning.

Why wouldn't they just turn the other way ?
Answer: Because they are stupid.
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baby goose this morning...

pretty cute (now) but not very fast.
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A weasel shot under my frame between wheels...startling, but no contact. Another time a deer bolted accross the road from out of nowhere about 30 feet in front of me while I was decending at 40+mph on a steep downhill. That could have been ugly. A couple close calls with foxes, rabbits, prairie dogs, but not quite like the other two.

Been chased by lots of dogs. Used to carry this spray stuff called Halt! for a couple really fast and toothy dobermans that lived near the top of a hill. It was an all-out sprint to barely out-ride them.
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