What is your most interesting encounter with an animal in the wild?

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    Jun 23, 2009 12:59 AM GMT
    I thought it would be cool to hear about any stories you guys have of run-ins with wild animals. Here are a couple of mine:

    #1: When I was younger (9 or 10) we had a dog kennel in my back yard, that was mostly surrounded by a forest. Behind the dog kennel, there was a blackberry bush. The easiest way to get to the blackberry bush was to climb over the dog house attached to the kennel - so one day, my sister and I did just that.
    After dropping to the ground (with very little room to maneuver) we found ourselves inches away from the biggest Black Rat snake I have ever seen in my life, to this day. It was sprawled on top of the blackberry bushes. They are constrictors, so they are not venomous, but my heart almost exploded out of my chest. We safely got away (without any berries).


    #2: This is more recently - last summer while working in British Columbia, I was walking up a hill to work. It was in a heavily forested area, so there was a lot of wildlife around. I heard a snapping in the bushes to my right up ahead, and all of a sudden a black bear cub runs out of the woods onto the road, runs behind a house, comes back seconds later with a bag of garbage in it's mouth. It ran about 10 feet into the woods before tearing wildly into the garbage, shaking it all around like a dog with a toy.

    So let's hear some of your stories!
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    Jun 23, 2009 1:28 AM GMT
    I was taking a walk in this park/trail thing in California near my brother's apartment..and I encountered a mountain lion kitten. I went back home ;p
  • 2theTEE

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    Jun 23, 2009 1:28 AM GMT
    When I was 16, my friend and I were walking home from a party at around 1am when we saw police sirens coming towards us. Thinking that we were getting busted for curfew, we ran off to hide in a ditch.

    A little later, we heard some sounds and saw a racoon and it was slowly walking closer to us. It was about 5 ft away when it just stood there looking at us for about 5 mins before turning around and resuming its usual night time business. *Fuckin weirdos* was what it was probably thinking to itself. If this was a survival situation, I would've definitely pulled a Bear Grylls on its masked ass so it got lucky, real lucky.

    That was my first and last time seeing a 'coon live in action. It was an odd but somewhat cool incident.
  • Timbales

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    Jun 23, 2009 1:33 AM GMT
    When I go to visit my inlaws, they have quite a bit of wildlife that comes into their backyard. They feed the birds and squirrels, so having a squirrel come right up to your feet to get a peanut is not unusual. There are two chipmunks that will also come right up to you if you stay very still and have peanuts for them. They also get rabbits, the occasional deer and huge bluejays.
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    Jun 23, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    Grew up in the "country." (Not really, but to everyone I know, it was).

    The best was when a bear cub was scavenging the neighborhood. Probably a yearling, he was awesome. I got pretty close to him. Amazing pictures. I wish I knew where they were.

    But we saw a variety of critters there (dad and step-fam still live out there): raccoons, bobcats, coyotes. It was pretty awesome.


    Also, the one and only time I saw a bald eagle - awe and terror. I must have been nine. To me, the bird was massive. I thought it was going to pick me up and eat me. icon_eek.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 23, 2009 1:43 AM GMT
    I've had a couple of interesting encounters.......

    About 2001 ran out in back of my barn and corral to retrieve my quarter horse, ran out pell mell at 9 or 10:00 p.m. in the dark and almost ran over
    a deer in the process.... I think I was more shocked than the deer...

    A year or two earlier, had a group of coyotes that crept up from that field in back of our house. They actually came into the back yard and looked into our garage storm door and got our then dogs all upset (that was prior to Buddy and Mia) at home (where I grew up)...

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  • jgymnast733

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    Jun 23, 2009 1:47 AM GMT
    I was jogging in central park one afternoon and i noticed a pit bull approching without a leash or owner,,the dog saw me and started running toward me,,then all of a sudden he jumped up on me and started licking my face and wagging his tail [as if he knew me]... Well, i almost shyt in my pants and the owner shows up from out of no-where. [ i think he was gettin busy in the bush's]. Anyway...
    I'm always seeing and hearing hawks in the area......
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    Jun 23, 2009 1:52 AM GMT
    I live in the desert so I see a lot of wild life. You can see the snake I caught in my profile....here are a few others that I have run into

    1. Rattle Snakes...dam near stepped o a few in my day.
    2. Boars...wild and they charged after me.
    3. A pack of coyotes who thought I was going to be dinner for them
    4. Wild Rams
    5.Wild Bob cat
    6. EAGLES
    7. kudamundi
    8. Horse's
    9. Donkey's
    10. Bear
    11. ELK
    12. Moose
    13. Buffalo
    wow....I have seen a lot.....more too~

    I think the time I had to chase after the dam Coyotes to scare them off was my most challenging. They kept circling around me and wanted to eat me.!!
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    Jun 23, 2009 2:10 AM GMT
    Years ago, I was picking my partner of the time up at the bookstore where he worked. I was sitting in the parking lot, with the car doors open. My partner got in the car and after I'd driven a few miles, this cat jumped up on the top of my seat back and began batting my head. How cute. It apparently had sneaked into the car.

    It was the most beautiful cat I'd ever seen, a large kitten or adolescent, apparently. We took it home -- what's one more cat when you have four? -- and the other cats immediately ran for cover. We were talking in the living room when we heard a very loud noise. A roar, to be exact. The kitten had jumped up on the kitchen counter and dragged two defrosting steaks to the floor, where it was devouring them.

    Obviously, this was not an ordinary kitten.

    I called a 24-hour veterinarian and he told me that an importer of wild animals had, an hour earlier, put out an APB that the cat, a jungle cat of some sort, had escaped. It was worth thousands of dollars, according to the vet, and the importer didn't even offer us a reward, which made my minimum-wage partner furious.
  • DCEric

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    Jun 23, 2009 2:11 AM GMT
    Not nearly as adventurous as the above, but the culprit is curled up on the corner of the bed so....

    My cat, Adelaide escaped my parents house regularly. She would just sprint out the door if you took too long going through it. It wasn't unusual that she would stay out overnight. On one such incident when I was 17, I wake up in the middle of the night to what sounded like a crow cawing, but much deeper. Knowing Addy is outside, I grab a flashlight that was in my room and I shine it down on the ground, and there is the cat lying on the pavement- completely relaxed inside the fence. The sound happens again and I point it to the source- outside the fence. Then I begin to count.... one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. She had gone around the neighborhood and rounded up nine foxes. Then she let them chase her back to the house got inside the fence and began to taunt them. I proceeded to do what any reasonable pet owner would do in this situation. Panic. I run out of my room, down the stairs, to the back of the house, out into the yard, over to where she is still laying down. I am completely out of breath. The foxes don't care I am there, they are still yelling. I am heaving. Adelaide looks up at me with an expression that could only be interpreted in one way. "You know, for someone your age, you really are out of shape."
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    Jun 23, 2009 2:14 AM GMT
    While cycling with my dogs running beside me one night - a couple of coyotes caught up with us - running behind us - one grabbed my black dog's tale and held on. I had to kick at the bastard to let go of my dog. Then - as the dogs and I hurried home - the coyotes stayed right with us - for the mile or so back to my door - - - - I was chilled cold with fear of how it would end. Now when I go out at night with the dogs, I carry a golf club.
  • JockChefJim

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    Jun 23, 2009 2:22 AM GMT
    Two here......both involving snakes.....the two eye kind.

    First while at a nudist camp in Kansas....I was walking in the grass barefoot and just missed stepping on a nice size snake just going along it's bussiness. Jumped straight up and ran the opposite direction.

    Second one was while moutain biking, I went down a steep hill on a path I was unfamilar with only to discover it was a dead end. The hill was too steep to ride up so I had to carry the bike up. in the middle of the climb.....a rattle snake was going past. You think I be smart and stand still??? Oh no! i somehow got the strength to throw my $600.00 moutain bike at it and run back down the hill like a scared girl.

    YES........I hate snakes.
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    Jun 23, 2009 2:23 AM GMT
    well this wasn't my most interesting encounter.. but this is my most recent one... i was driving with my mom and on the road we saw this amazing black rat snake... and I got out of the car and picked it up and released it in the woods... the local people in the neighborhood wanted to kill it and i was upset and wouldn't let them.....

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  • DCEric

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    Jun 23, 2009 2:29 AM GMT
    JockChefJim saidYES........I hate snakes.

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    Also hates snakes.
  • JockChefJim

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    Jun 23, 2009 2:37 AM GMT
    DCEric said
    JockChefJim saidYES........I hate snakes.

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    Also hates snakes.


    I was going to quote him but thought someone else can do it. icon_lol.gif
  • Fusion98102

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    Jun 23, 2009 2:41 AM GMT
    I was riding my BMX bike when I was a teenager and we lived on the edge of town, as I rounded the corner on a bike trail I was face to face with 5 coyotes that were dismantling a cat or something of equal size. I quickly flipped around, but it was too late and the 5 dogs were chasing me, running in circles around me after I hit a rut and flew off my bike. They were snarling and making biting noises with their teeth when, of all things, I picked up two sticks and started banging them together, which seemed to frighten them long enough for me to get away.

    I have seen many wild animals in my time in Montana and Idaho, but this was the closest/scariest encounter!
  • silverfox

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    Jun 23, 2009 2:43 AM GMT
    In 2001 I was in South Africa and Botswana on a photo safari. With a guide, we would go out in an open air jeep and look for all kinds of wildlife. It was so magnificent I can't even put into words what it is like to be around lions, zebras, tigers, etc. I was sitting in the back seat of the jeep and we were all looking to the right ...looking at a certain kind of bird in a tree. I turned to my left, and not more than 2 feet away from me was a baby elephant, which must have just crept up on us. It was amazing....I reached out and touched an elephant!

    It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life...
  • DCEric

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    Jun 23, 2009 2:43 AM GMT
    JockChefJim saidI was going to quote him but thought someone else can do it. icon_lol.gif

    I am just glad I could be of use.
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    Jun 23, 2009 2:50 AM GMT
    One time I was running around a lake. I happen to pass a mama duck and her hatchlings. I guess she felt threatened and started chasing after me.

    Another time, I was in Virginia. Somewhere in the woods. And this freaky looking spider started walking on my arm. And I hate spiders! I had to get a twig and flick it off. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 23, 2009 3:02 AM GMT
    I have a couple of them.

    When swimming off Wreck Beach in B.C., I ended up face to face with a fat little Harbour Seal that popped up not two feet away from me. As adorable as it was, it scared the crap out of me. Then my Animal Planet/Discovery Chanel/Wild Kingdom inner nerd kicked in and I was momentarily convinced that a shark or orca was looking for it and would find me an easier and much slower moving meal.

    When roguing oats in my uncle's wheat field when I came around the bend in a circle track and surprised three coyotes that were busy pawing at what must have been a gopher hole. I yelled at them to scare them off only to be instantly flattened from behind by 100 pounds of pissed off Malamute followed by 50 pounds of even more pissed off Siberian Husky. Sadie, the Malamute shook one like it was a rag doll while Buddy, the Siberian tore through the wheat after another one while the third coyote all but ran my ass over making a break for it down the track. Sadie's coyote got away from her and I don't think Buddy ever even got close to his. I managed not to poop myself and went back to pulling oats. After an hour or so of tearing through the circle after the coyotes, both dogs returned looking entirely too smug and satisfied with themselves.

    I had a lot of encounters with bull snakes as a kid, and one rattler, but nothing too exciting.
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    Jun 23, 2009 3:07 AM GMT
    Opossums are common in Virginia, even in cities. I remember one night my two cats were practically falling out of the upstairs window watching a opossum waddle across the back yard.

    But my one outstanding encounter in the wild was back in the '70s. I was out early one morning walking along the banks of a large creek and spooked hundreds of Mayflies that had emerged overnight. The sun caught their gossamer wings and made a fantastic display of fluttering iridescence rising up into the air. It was breathtaking and I will never forget it. ... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 23, 2009 3:15 AM GMT
    Another Virginia woods experience.. It was the first time I've ever seen fireflies at night. Eerie and very cool at the same time. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 23, 2009 3:44 AM GMT
    I think I've caught a glimpse of pretty much all the wild life in the area. I saw a coyote (who are extremely shy and elusive in my area, I think they're also smaller than their western cousins) eating a deer who'd been hit on an exit ramp off the highway near my house.

    A few years ago on one of my long runs, I decided to run off the beaten path a little bit, and turned down a semi country road bordered by industrial parks (so there was still a lot of traffic)...Along the side of the road laid fallen deer, foxes, a wild pig, possums, (obviously what's a good road kill buffet without lots of possums), racoons, and snakes. I passed a dead animal every 100 feet or so.

    Oh lots of death in this post...

    So, I was running on the greenway on a dreary day, not many people were out and a red fox ran in front of me, jumped across the creek ran part way up a hill and stood at full height amongst the trees and watched me go. I wish I'd had a camera, it would've made a nice picture...it honestly looked like a real life painting.

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    Jun 23, 2009 3:46 AM GMT
    I'm jealous of the red fox. I ran with a coyote once... it was a pretty cool experience. (daylight, so not scary)
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    Jun 23, 2009 3:51 AM GMT
    One of my more recent experiences was diving off Edithsburgh Jetty on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. I was diving alone, but had snorkelers on the surface, so I wasn't alone alone..

    I was just happily swimming back to the jetties stairs after being at the far end for nearly 45mins (only 50 bar left too!) when a movement caught my eye. Some fisherman threw a crab net about 10 metres ahead of me. It didn't worry me too much since fishermen usually throw crab nets off the jetty and divers usually have to dodge them.

    Next second, a huge black thing comes whizzing out of the nearby sea grass and starts attacking the crab net. It was a HUGE sting ray! Easily 8-10 feet across if not bigger. Not knowing what exactly was jumping out the sea grass, my heart nearly exploded out of my chest!

    It was simply amazing to see this huge creature rip open this crab net, eat all the bait and ever so casually glide under the jetty to the other side - which was amazing since it only JUST fit in between the jetties pylons! - into the sea grass on the other side.. I tried gaining my snorkeling buddies attention, but only get one of the 3 to come see it before it left.

    When I eventually got myself up onto the jetty, which took quite a bit of effort since I was tired from the excitement and lack of oxygen (had 11 bar at the very end), the lady that actually threw the crab net down come up and asked why I didn't shoo it away.. Sure lady sure!.. I just had to laugh!