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Old 05-03-19, 01:44 PM
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This guy crawled out of the river while I was reading in Twin Bridges, MT during a bike tour. I was worried that he was going to try to chew my legs off because they are as strong as tree trunks. Must have decided that it would be unwise to mess with my bad self. The best part is the name of the river. Wait for it...the Beaverhead River. Seriously.

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Originally Posted by jbell_64 View Post
Don't let it fool you, groundhogs can move pretty quickly over short distances. I had one charge during a ride on a rural road once.
Indeed, they can be very fast when running for their lives . . . but not fast enough to outrun my dog. #that'sashame
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riding the burke gilman in seattle, i once had a squirrel run out and pace my front wheel. i knew what he was up to and i kept yelling "don't do it!" but he went and tried jumping through my wheel anyway. twice. luckily both times he was deflected off the spokes and not sucked into them. i stopped as fast as i could, and so did he - he just stood and stared at me for a second, even after i yelled "what are you doing?!" at him. finally went into the bushes.

around that time a woman came jogging around the corner and gave me a strange look, probably wondering who i was yelling at.
I would totally have asked her if she was looking for her squirrel. Heck, she already thinks you're crazy.
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Why did the turkeys cross the road?
Chickens' day off.
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I wouldn't mess with a groundhog or a Canada goose. I don't know much about groundhogs, but I know geese can be nasty, and I've seen them attack.

I'm surprised at the vultures. I know them to be very gentle, but I guess that one felt threatened.

And ...

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When I was a kid (on the farm) one of the roosters decided to attack me while I was pedaling the indestructible Schwinn down our long driveway (I think it's a law that farms must have long driveways). He missed me and ended up plowing head first into my front wheel. There were some pretty horrible sounds, some blood, and then a dead chicken and a messy bike. Didn't even bend a spoke. It did send some gnarly vibrations through the bike though.

The good news is we had chicken soup for supper...
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Old 05-03-19, 03:22 PM
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Groundhogs aren't dangerous, but bunny rabbits...

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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
This guy crawled out of the river while I was reading in Twin Bridges, MT during a bike tour. I was worried that he was going to try to chew my legs off because they are as strong as tree trunks. Must have decided that it would be unwise to mess with my bad self. The best part is the name of the river. Wait for it...the Beaverhead River. Seriously.

Is that a Nutria? Looks too small to be a beaver, but it's hard to tell from the pic. People used to raise them for fur, but many ended up getting loose and populating local rivers and streams.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coypu
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Old 05-03-19, 04:06 PM
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I was riding, alone, around the local backcountry, when I came upon a vulture protectively guarding some road kill. At first I thought nothing of it. I often come across crows dining on road kill and they just let me pass.

As I approached the dining site, the vulture took off and I thought this was the end of the encounter.

I was wrong.

All of the sudden the vulture dive-bombed me, getting close enough that I could smell its foul breath.

It made a close pass at me, climbed and then dive-bombed me a second time.

I am not normally frightened by wildlife (unless it is a mountain lion). But this was a certifiable pucker-up moment.

Man that is one big bird.

Thankfully for me its only apparent intent was to frighten me away from its meal...which I was gladly to oblige.
Thanks for that one, i had no idea this was a possibility. I regularly ride through/past a group of buzzards feasting on road kill, but I'll know to be be extra cautious now.
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Old 05-03-19, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Brocephus View Post
Thanks for that one, i had no idea this was a possibility. I regularly ride through/past a group of buzzards feasting on road kill, but I'll know to be be extra cautious now.
I agree with you.

In the past, I’ve had the same experiences as you with vultures feasting at the Roadside Buffet. I think that this may have been a younger, immature vulture. That, or the fact that it was alone made it feel more threatened by a MAMIL.

Either way, it was a big bird and it was one of those pucker-up moments.
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Old 05-03-19, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by ironnerd View Post
When I was a kid (on the farm) one of the roosters decided to attack me while I was pedaling the indestructible Schwinn down our long driveway (I think it's a law that farms must have long driveways). He missed me and ended up plowing head first into my front wheel. There were some pretty horrible sounds, some blood, and then a dead chicken and a messy bike. Didn't even bend a spoke. It did send some gnarly vibrations through the bike though.

The good news is we had chicken soup for supper...
Arroz con pollo.
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Old 05-03-19, 09:54 PM
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I've been chased, more than once, by a pair of pugs. They can only muster about 30-40 feet of pursuit, huffing and snorting the whole way. They are in the top tier of "least scary animals."

I've also been pursued by what is probably a 5lb tan chihuahua, who cannot successfully run and bark at the same time, so it just snort-wheezes at me for about 50 feet or so. Then stops, barks a little, and heads back home.
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I’ve had to wrangle snapping turtles a number of times for various reasons. One female was laying in the middle of the bike path during an bicycle event that I was mashaling. I had to pick her up and move her so that no one ran over her. You can’t just pick up a snapper and carry it since they have a tendency to pee in prodigious amounts. Holding 40 lbs of mad turtle at arms length is bad enough but they have very long necks that the trash about and try to bite you while you are holding them at arms length. And they smell really bad.

I also wrangled newly hatched snapping turtles in Kansas that were crossing a road. Mama laid them in a irrigation ditch on the other side of the road from the Missouri River. They are easier to carry then the adults but they smell just as bad.
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Just last week I was hiking on a single track, and a field mouse was just sitting in the middle of the trail. It didn't move a all when I got close. I actually got a stick to poke it to see if it was alive. It reared up and went after the stick. After a few seconds, it slowly wandered off into the grass. Tough mouse. Too bad it will probably try to fight a snake and get eaten.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
I've been chased, more than once, by a pair of pugs. They can only muster about 30-40 feet of pursuit, huffing and snorting the whole way. They are in the top tier of "least scary animals."

I've also been pursued by what is probably a 5lb tan chihuahua, who cannot successfully run and bark at the same time, so it just snort-wheezes at me for about 50 feet or so. Then stops, barks a little, and heads back home.
How about Pomeranians? They're trained to keep annoying men from taking interest in divorced women, I knew one named Yo-Yo.
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I’ve had to wrangle snapping turtles a number of times for various reasons. One female was laying in the middle of the bike path during an bicycle event that I was mashaling. I had to pick her up and move her so that no one ran over her. You can’t just pick up a snapper and carry it since they have a tendency to pee in prodigious amounts. Holding 40 lbs of mad turtle at arms length is bad enough but they have very long necks that the trash about and try to bite you while you are holding them at arms length. And they smell really bad.

I also wrangled newly hatched snapping turtles in Kansas that were crossing a road. Mama laid them in a irrigation ditch on the other side of the road from the Missouri River. They are easier to carry then the adults but they smell just as bad.
I have had similar experiences:
‘I talked with a park ranger/biologist at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. I had tossed a large snapper in the bed of the truck to keep it off the road. the park ranger offered to free the large “snapper” in a better location. Apparently the females retain water during spring. They use the water/pee to soften the ground so they can dig a hole to lay eggs in.


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Is that a Nutria? Looks too small to be a beaver, but it's hard to tell from the pic.
Hmmm. Maybe so. Saw a young one along with an adult swimming along the opposite bank earlier in the day. The young one also had vegetation in its mouth. Way to ruin my cool story, bro!
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They use the water/pee to soften the ground so they can dig a hole to lay eggs in.
Last June in MA during a tour from St. Albans, VT to Philly. Every minute or so she would squeeze out a little white egg into the hole. A local who had pulled over to watch told me she will lay hundreds, but only a small percentage will survive. The nests can fall victim to, among other things, raccoons. They dig up the nest and eat the eggs.

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Saw this smaller one in NY a few days later. Wasn't going to mess with it.

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Hmmm. Maybe so. Saw a young one along with an adult swimming along the opposite bank earlier in the day. The young one also had vegetation in its mouth. Way to ruin my cool story, bro!
I followed his link, thinking the picture was actually a”Muskrat”. Turns out Coypus/Nutria are actually an introduced species, now gone wild, that years ago were raised to produce fur. More recently some companies are trying to create interest in the meat as a food for people. Maybe the “rat burger” scare is not so far fetched!

I also discovered that these creatures may host a nematode/parasite that can infect human skin, causing dermatitis similar to strongyloidiasis, “nutria itch”. Being a victim of “eczema” and having spent many hours in various marshy waters.... I plan to ask my doctor about this.

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Speaking of turkeys. We have a flock living in our suburban neighborhood. Very noisy. I don’t mind them that much, they sometimes stand in the road which slows down the traffic. These guys will simply not move when a car approaches. Some drivers will stop and a standoff ensues. Funny though when I approach on my bike they will scatter. I try to encourage them by making gobbling noises.
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Wild turkeys are jerks!!! I get chased by a flock that lives on a river MUP by me, every year! They wander the subdivision frequently during hte summer chasing every little thing that moves like we are their peasants lol. I came across a very agressive snapping turtle in the middle of a MUP one day too, stopped to take a picture because it was HUGE! The thing had a shell almost 2' in diameter, it hissed at me for a few, then started to "run" towards me I was un-clipped and had to basically wobble my way away from it. It moved much faster than you would think a giant turtle would.
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I'm imagining it must've looked something like this?

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I'm imagining it must've looked something like this?

Lol to Me, yes
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