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    Was snowshoeing in northwest MT ~ a weekend ago and came across a nice-sized moose on the trail.
    He (from the size, I'm guessing it was a bull) was about as interested in checking us out as we were in him.

    The funny part is that our German Shorthair (file pics here) had been on maximum alert leading up to the encounter, and when he realized what was in front of us (a few seconds before we did), he barked twice and then ran back down the trail at full speed; he was by no means waiting for us, some guardian.

    Sorry no pics, lol.

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    That's amazing. Not sure I'd want to get so close to a moose. Would love to see one through my camera lens however.

    I was hiking in the Pyrenees last summer and atop one of the passes I ended up seeing a couple of huge birds (not exactly sure what it was) flying. There must have been a family of them but one was flying so close you could hear the wind over its feathers. I'm struggling to post images right now but if there's interest I'll try post a pic of the view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kestrel View Post
    Was snowshoeing in northwest MT ~ a weekend ago and came across a nice-sized moose on the trail.
    He (from the size, I'm guessing it was a bull) was about as interested in checking us out as we were in him.

    The funny part is that our German Shorthair (file pics here) had been on maximum alert leading up to the encounter, and when he realized what was in front of us (a few seconds before we did), he barked twice and then ran back down the trail at full speed; he was by no means waiting for us, some guardian.

    Sorry no pics, lol.
    Beautiful dog! That was the one on the right?

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    I have seen mountain lions twice, near my apartments, in california (30 minutes east of Los angeles).
    Seen many deer though.

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    My wife and I were driving between USAF bases in the upper peninsula of Michigan in the dead of winter and saw a freakin humongous moose running along us wayyy up on top of the snow bank about 15 feet up and it casually came down the snowbank right in front of our car, we just let him take point and we just hung back till he got where he was going. That same winter we were leaving the base to go to town and the guard at the security shack stopped us and advised us to turn around and use another gate, an equally huge bear was coming down the road towards the security shack. It didn't have a military sticker on its bumper but I don't think the guard was going to step out and ask for its ID card
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    While spotting turkeys with binoculars a black bear came outta nowhere and came rolling up all "whatcha doin?" like...

    They've been absent in my area since at least the 1970's, yet are returning a few at a time.

    I may have been the first "human" said Billy the Bear has ever encountered. I know that was the first bear I ever had. The bear was definitely curious about me and kept inch-ing closer.

    I froze. But being a warm fall.....mosquitos were wearin' my @$$ out. Billy was inching closer...now about 100' or so away. I'm thinking good thing my colon is clean when a mosquito (or other insect) flew into my eye. Instant reaction was to reach for my eyeball...which startled ole Billy who halted. The bear looked at me while I looked at it. It was just as frozen as me.

    Suddenly something in the air caught Billys attention...it raised it's nose in a sniffing motion; (luckily) in the opposite direction, put it's nose to the ground and walked away looking like a hunting dog tracking a deer.

    Phew!
    I was unarmed other than a pocket knife.
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    (No horns = cow moose, horns = bull moose. Bull moose are known for charging and killing people, and must be avoided at all cost; do be careful.)

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    Lots of moose in the area i live. See them almost every day on the way to work. If they put their ears back, you better get away.
    This cow (with calf) use to hang around the paking spot at work. So sometimes i have to sit some minutes extra in the car. I dont feel comfy at 30 feet distance to a cow with a calf


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    Nice pics.

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    My dad and I went on a lone 4x4 trip way back when. We left South Africa and headed into Mozambique through the Limpopo Transnational Park.

    We camped inside the park, near the limpopo river. The camp aftendant ensured us that there haven't been any lion for a long time, so we went for a walk after dark, armed with rechargeable incan spotlights. They really weren't any good.

    We spotted two pairs of yellow eyes (normally lion's eyes reflect yellow) but as we were sure the lions weren't there we walked closer. We really couldn't figure out what it was, until, when we were about 10 yards out, the creature lifted its head and we realised that we were looking at a leopard cub! The other pair of eyes were suddenly not visible anymore.

    We retreated very slowly, walking backwards and keeping the lights in that direction, and eventually turned around and walked back to camp.

    One experience that I definitely won't forget, and I think we were lucky to not have been mauled by the mother which must have been the owner of the other pair of eyes that we saw.

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    Another denizen of the Sonoran Desert, a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, looking in my window.

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    See post #77 in the "Pooch" thread I started below with pics. and description! The BEAR was w/in 40' from the wife and kids!



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    Quote Originally Posted by troutpool View Post
    Another denizen of the Sonoran Desert, a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, looking in my window.
    Yikes! Those guys don't mess around! Hope you don't have any curious dogs in the yard.

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    A couple of nearly stepped on rattle snakes, a tarantula in it's hole, a mole that burrowed in our scout camp and I caught and released, an alligator lizard that I caught and kept as a pet for several months then released, some huge orb weaver spiders, a few startled coyotes, more startled rabbits, two very large bullfrogs I caught and then released, a fat rabbit that I caught then released, a Peruvian lama that I got very close too, a turkey that hopped into my backyard and over my house, a roadrunner that ran through the parking lot where I work, some centipedes (one stung me), a picturesque beehive in the redwood national forest... hanging on a tiny sapling, a herd of wild horses in the high desert (blocking the road on the way to some campsites), some deer in various places, a herd of trophy bull elks in six rivers national park that we passed within 100 or so feet of.

    Oh yeah, some buffalo and more elks in yellowstone we got pretty to close to a water buffalo but it seemed fairly docile around people. I also once picked up a live wild garter snake, it made my hands stink.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tre_Asay View Post
    [...] I also once picked up a live wild garter snake, it made my hands stink.
    Good defense mechanism.

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    Tame stuff here, nothing like rattlers and coyotes, but wanted to share. First pic is a few miles from my house, we have plenty of wild turkey here but they don't normally strut long enough for you to stop, fumble for your phone, and shoot. Certainly not in the road... Second was a ringneck pheasant. Again, not unheard of around here, but generally not wandering parking lots in town. Lastly is a local beaver pond. Didn't see him this day, but he's a big boy. That tree is about a foot in diameter where he's chewing. Their dam is huge...






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    ^^^^^

    I also live In Pennsylvania. In the 1960's and 1970's I used to see those ring necked Pheasants all the time in my back yard. We had 5 acres that bordered the woods. I live 20 miles SW from there now and I am lucky if I see 1 or 2 per year!............someone told me what happened to them and why but I can not remember!

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    We were camping in Yosemite and one night I and my daughter where in a meadow where I had set up my telescope. I don't remember what I was looking at, but was annoyed that someone had let their dogs run loose and where running around my daughter and I. When I finally looked away from the scope I found that they were two bear cubs. I immediately picked up my daughter and found the mother was close by. Luckily they ran to her and they left with no problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bodhran View Post
    We were camping in Yosemite and one night I and my daughter where in a meadow where I had set up my telescope. I don't remember what I was looking at, but was annoyed that someone had let their dogs run loose and where running around my daughter and I. When I finally looked away from the scope I found that they were two bear cubs. I immediately picked up my daughter and found the mother was close by. Luckily they ran to her and they left with no problems.
    Man alive! That's quite something! I have never seen a bear in the wild (only in the zoo) but I can imagine it's not something you want to tangle with, and then even more so if it is a mother bear protecting her cubs.

    One day I'll visit the US and have camping trips where I can see a bear and hear a loon.

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    Man alive! That's quite something! I have never seen a bear in the wild (only in the zoo) but I can imagine it's not something you want to tangle with, and then even more so if it is a mother bear protecting her cubs.
    Agreed! From what I have read, getting between a mama black bear and her cubs is a definite no-no.

    In Yosemite, encounters with bears are not as dangerous as you might think. For one thing, we're talking about black bears, not the grizzlies. The other thing is that most of the bears in Yosemite are extremely familiar with human doings. Those that live near the places where visitors frequent see people every day!

    For a visitor to Yosemite, seeing a bear might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It can be exhilarating, to say the least. For the bear, its just another yawn.

    Another surprise about the bears in Yosemite is that no one has ever been killed by a bear there. Plenty of people have been mauled, but no one has ever died in a bear attack. If you tic off one of these bears, they will try to hurt you. I was surprised to learn, however, they do not want to eat you!

    They are also quite intelligent. They know, for instance, what a ranger's uniform looks like. When they see one, they run!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scout24 View Post
    Tame stuff here, nothing like rattlers and coyotes, but wanted to share. First pic is a few miles from my house, we have plenty of wild turkey here but they don't normally strut long enough for you to stop, fumble for your phone, and shoot. Certainly not in the road... Second was a ringneck pheasant. Again, not unheard of around here, but generally not wandering parking lots in town. Lastly is a local beaver pond. Didn't see him this day, but he's a big boy. That tree is about a foot in diameter where he's chewing. Their dam is huge...



    Damn turkeys! I see them along the highway the entire 4-hour drive up to camp when hunting, but not a thing once I get there and sit in the woods for days.
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    About a few hours ago I stepped on a very large diamond back that was sleeping.

    Lucky me I did not get bitten but I probably severely injured the snake, I actually feel bad about it. After hissing and rattling for a while it started to slither away and it freaked out possibly due to the pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tre_Asay View Post
    About a few hours ago I stepped on a very large diamond back that was sleeping.

    Lucky me I did not get bitten but I probably severely injured the snake, I actually feel bad about it. After hissing and rattling for a while it started to slither away and it freaked out possibly due to the pain.
    You didn't skin it, eat it, then use the skin to collect your urine to drink at a later time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tre_Asay View Post
    About a few hours ago I stepped on a very large diamond back that was sleeping.

    Lucky me I did not get bitten but I probably severely injured the snake, I actually feel bad about it. After hissing and rattling for a while it started to slither away and it freaked out possibly due to the pain.
    After almost stepping on rattlers twice, I learned to keep my eyes down on the trail as I hike. I stop when I want to look around and enjoy the view.

    In all, I have had about eight close encounters with rattlers. The most exciting was when I found a young one that had been killed by a King snake. The King snake had eaten about half, and the rattle was still hanging out of its mouth! Wouldn't you know, that was the day I did not have my camera. I hung out for about 15 minutes to watch.
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    Oh, I had my camera, i even got a video of it.
    I went camping this weekend and I remembered to keep my eyes on the ground.
    Ironically I usually walk barefoot around that area but I was wearing hiking shoes and enjoying stomping around without watching where I was going. If I had been barefoot I would have been watching he ground and not stepped on the snake.
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    Oh, I had my camera, i even got a video of it.
    Cool! Now you've got a self-effacing video you can show your friends and kids when you are explaining why you have to keep your eyes down on a hiking trail.

    On the rougher trails, of course, you will trip—and possibly hurt yourself—if you do not keep your eyes down.
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    I think that part of the problem was that I had taken my glasses off (nearsighted) and I was not expecting any snakes. I am back to my regular self, noticing every little bug on the trail again.

    tonight I saw another snake and an unknown bug along with the other animals I posted in the "flashlights for photography" thread.

    It is also cool that you got to see the kingsnake, the only time I have seen a snake eat is when it was fed.



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    The darkness is not my enemy, it is just where they hide: my fears, the unknown, and those that would do harm fear the light. I must always carry it with me to dispel the darkness and reveal the truth...

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