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Old 07-14-17, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
If I came here to post every time I saw a deer, I'd be constantly on here. But....

Allegheny River Trail (ART), I was riding through the barriers one evening at dusk when I glanced over and saw a goat on the hill side. Where the heck did a goat come from? That's when I heard the snort right beside the trail and a deer ran up the hillside. The "goat" was an albino deer. Not my first or 10th time seeing an albino deer being in Pennsylvania, but still a rare treat.

See black snakes all the time on the trails. Accidentally ran over a copperhead, they're all over Emlenton at the beginning of the ART.
I've yet to encounter a bear. August we're camping along the Pine Creek Trail and all I read about is all the rattlesnakes. 45 years of playing in the Allegheny National Forest and I've never seen a rattlesnake. Looking forward to that.
I spent my 1st 8 years growing up in Fennelton, PA. We were playing hide & seek one evening and the neighbor girl stepped over a snake near the cellar steps when running. My dad killed it and took it around to a light for a better look only to find it was a rattlesnake. He used a scythe and an old reel type power mower to clear more area around the house that summer. He killed 8 Rattlesnakes in the process. Now, the area is designated as habitat for the endangered Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake.

We called them Swamp rattlers.

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Old 07-14-17, 07:54 AM
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i've ridden through time square in manhattan (NYC) many many times and at each intersection, you would see 200-300 people walking across the street at every single light. this is the craziest wildlife i've come across on my bike
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Old 07-14-17, 09:46 PM
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Just hit a rabbit tonight.Ran into my foot and under the rear wheel.
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Old 07-16-17, 07:26 AM
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Got to see a really large bald eagle perched on a power pole before it flew off during my morning ride along the shore of Lewisville Lake. Made my day!
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Old 07-16-17, 03:43 PM
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Was riding the St. Marks Trail which is a little south of Tallahassee FL, it goes through a wildlife protected area. I was about 10 miles in when I saw a head of a cat, thought it was a stray, and was saying, "hi kitty kitty" then it turned and realized it was a big cat. By time I rode close enough, I knew it wasn't a house cat, it was a Bobcat, and it scared the crap out of me. I just rode passed him as fast as I could, he just laid there and watched me. Thank god he wasn't rabid.

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Old 07-17-17, 04:24 PM
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This morning while riding the rail trail, I saw a small long-tailed animal about 200 feet ahead in the middle of the trail. I slowed, thinking at first that it was a fox kit or small bobcat, but as I got closer I realized it was a common domestic tabby cat. Darn thing arched its back, stood its ground then came at me threateningly as I swerved around it. Made me wonder if it may have been rabid, though it just seemed mad at the world.
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Old 07-17-17, 06:00 PM
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I mostly see the usual stuff- deer, fox, armadillo, racoon, rabbit, etc. I had a bobcat shoot across the road only a few feet in front of my bike. That was amazing! The one that freaked me out was a young mountain lion that was on the trail. It studied me for a bit then took off. My first thought was "where are the parents." I got off my bike and slowly backtracked for a bit, then turned around and went back to the car. We have mountain lions in Kansas but there's been no official proof of them breeding.
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Old 07-17-17, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Swampledge View Post
This morning while riding the rail trail, I saw a small long-tailed animal about 200 feet ahead in the middle of the trail. I slowed, thinking at first that it was a fox kit or small bobcat, but as I got closer I realized it was a common domestic tabby cat. Darn thing arched its back, stood its ground then came at me threateningly as I swerved around it. Made me wonder if it may have been rabid, though it just seemed mad at the world.
Ha, sounds like my neighbors cat, he isn't scared of anything, the dumb cat stood his ground on his porch against the UPS guy once and my other neighbors German Shepherd. He think he's the king of the neighborhood, but once he gets to know you, he's really a sweet cat. He thinks he's a dog in a cat suit, though I keep saying one day he's going to piss off the wrong dog or even person.

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Old 07-17-17, 08:10 PM
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Went out after a heavy downpour today; it got dark on the way back and there were so many frogs and toads hopping all over the trail tried my best not to flatten any.
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Old 07-17-17, 10:30 PM
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I was biking last winter and biking up to a hiking trail. Not many houses. As I was coming up around one of the corners there was a coyote about 100 m ahead of me. I stopped. Like the couple of other coyotes I've seen while hiking, the bugger stared at me for an uncomfortable amount of time. Then it trotted off into the woods along the side of the road. I failed to get my phone out before he/she left. Coyotes are creepy the way they stare at you.
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Old 07-18-17, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by a1penguin View Post
Coyotes are creepy the way they stare at you.
That's because they're sizing you up and figuring out if you're worth the trouble to make you a meal. 100m is a good distance, but I wouldn't hesitate to turn back.
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Old 07-18-17, 07:44 PM
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Was riding on Saturday between Carbondale, CO and Basalt, CO on the Rio Grande bike path and came across a mother black bear and two cubs that decided the bike path was their domain. We gave them their space and they simply meandered along the path for about a quarter mile then wondered off into the brush. After the ride, my Garmin told me my average speed was well below average, but it was worth it!


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Originally Posted by Scooty Puff Jr View Post
That's because they're sizing you up and figuring out if you're worth the trouble to make you a meal. 100m is a good distance, but I wouldn't hesitate to turn back.
After thinking about this it was more like 100 ft or 30m. When I hike, I carry pepper spray poles which give me a false sense of security. I was biking during the day so I didn't have pepper spray.
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Old 07-19-17, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by RLSinGS View Post
Was riding on Saturday between Carbondale, CO and Basalt, CO on the Rio Grande bike path and came across a mother black bear and two cubs that decided the bike path was their domain. We gave them their space and they simply meandered along the path for about a quarter mile then wondered off into the brush. After the ride, my Garmin told me my average speed was well below average, but it was worth it!


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I can tell you if I saw a bear with cubs, I wouldn't think for a split second not to beat a quick path in the exact opposite direction.
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Old 07-20-17, 08:19 PM
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Almost ran into a corn snake crossing the trail a few days ago. It startled me, but was very interesting to see.
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Old 07-20-17, 09:00 PM
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Today I saw five deer in the first six miles of my ride. One was a fawn and its mother, the rest were solitary. After that first five deer, I later saw two more on the same ride for a total of seven deer spotted on my 40 mile ride.

After I saw that first five deer, the rest of the ride I held back on the downhills. I was thinking about how bad it would suck to broadside a deer at speed.

A couple of weeks ago I saw a weasel. It was the only weasel I've ever seen in the wild.
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Old 07-21-17, 12:22 AM
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Back in the '90s I was riding an old trail not far from my house and a fox jumped out in front of me. It startled me for a second, but he was gone in a flash.

A couple of years ago I saw a deer by my old grade school. That was kind of bizarre as it's in the burbs.

A couple of days ago I saw some type of hawk (looked similar to a vulture) eating some road kill not too far from my old grade school. It was a pretty big bird.

Living in or near my yard right now are a groundhog, a couple of possums, chipmunks and a racoon or two. I saw the groundhog on my deck through the kitchen window the other day. Very cute.
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Old 07-29-17, 05:59 PM
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This thread caught my attention last week, and today I had an encounter to contribute.
This morning my girlfriend and I were riding south on the Ohio Erie Canal Towpath. I had lead and approached an odd looking branch laying across 3/4 of the path. As I got right up on it, I realized it was a large Northern black racer snake. I yelled back to the GF to watch out. Though she mistook "Snake" for "Stick". Not taking much concern, yet sticking hard right to avoid the obstacle she continued. Once she got right up on it, she figured it out. Screams were heard from trailhead to trailhead as she just barely missed running it over. She bailed off the path, jumped off the bike, bike tumbled, and she ran freaking out. Twas a beautiful sight.
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Old 07-29-17, 06:03 PM
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This thread caught my attention last week, and today I had an encounter to contribute.
This morning my girlfriend and I were riding south on the Ohio Erie Canal Towpath. I had lead and approached an odd looking branch laying across 3/4 of the path. As I got right up on it, I realized it was a large Northern black racer snake. I yelled back to the GF to watch out. Though she mistook "Snake" for "Stick". Not taking much concern, yet sticking hard right to avoid the obstacle she continued. Once she got right up on it, she figured it out. Screams were heard from trailhead to trailhead as she just barely missed running it over. She bailed off the path, jumped off the bike, bike tumbled, and she ran freaking out. Twas a beautiful sight.
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Lately I've been seeing a lot of turtles and snakes along the bike paths along with the usual chipmunks and bunnies, but today I saw turkeys and not long after, a coyote! A woman who was walking the trail warned me that she thought she saw one not too far back, and about a minute later I rode right past it not far from the trail and it ran off into the woods
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Old 08-01-17, 03:48 PM
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Nice catch!
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Old 08-02-17, 07:43 AM
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^ thanks! carrying a 30lb fish and two tackle bags on the back of the bike does actually feel like too heavy a payload for that frame...
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Old 08-02-17, 08:52 AM
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Cape Cod Canal?
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^ thanks! carrying a 30lb fish and two tackle bags on the back of the bike does actually feel like too heavy a payload for that frame...
I'll bet! Did it feel a little off balanced when you rode it home? It looks like the fish out weighs everything you had stuffed in the other basket.
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