Wildlife Encounters - Post Yours Here
Posted July 09, 2003 - 01:12 AM
Eastern Wild Turkeys
Foxes - Red and Gray
Various Snakes, Nice and not nice.
Lots of Hawks and Owls
And about 10,000 Cows
Lots of critters on the land that we ride and hunt most.
Posted July 09, 2003 - 09:14 AM
We run across copperheads, rattlers and king snakes all the time out on the trail. My son always backs off of me in the sunny areas cause he afraid I'm gonna kick a snake up in his face...... Got close a couple of times, but man the kid has got good reflexes.....
Posted July 09, 2003 - 10:33 AM
As an after thought; I on ride alone on ocaison and worry more about the poeple I might run into out in the wild than any form of wildlife.
This quote comes from my experience of running into a couple guys who had too much beer and loaded guns, not a fun time.
Posted July 09, 2003 - 11:41 AM
But the best one happened when 2 friends and I were riding down a trail, about 4 feet between each bike. As we rounded a corner, there he was. He was a black King snake. King snakes eat Eastern Diamondbacks. He was about 7ft long, and had a full belly. He was about a foot around at the thickest.
As the first bike passed quickly, he raised his head in suprise. As the second bike ran over his tail, he struck at the rear tire. Before MY bike passed, he decided to cross the trail at a diagonal. As MY bike ran over his full belly, I learned that while there are few things slicker than a wet bare pine root at an angle, King snakes provide remarkably little traction and should be on that list!! The front tire rolled to the side, the rear tire did something, I dont remember exactly what. I was very busy maintaining control of direction and other bodily functions. I did not want to lay it down there!! 15 yards down the trail, no problem, BUT NOT THERE!!!
I am presently waiting to run over an Eastern Diamondback and an alligator, so I can publish a treatise on friction coeffcients of reptiles, and the knobbies that have the best grip.
Great thread idea!!!
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Posted July 09, 2003 - 07:07 PM
Last summer on a street bike ride with the spousal unit, her on her own bike...when I came around a corner there were two Ravens eating on carrion...they took off, I slowed and moved slightly to the left....one of the ravens did an about face...headed straight for my head....ducked my head down, made solid contact...wife saw feathes and guts and blood explode ...fortunately they all belonded to the raven....no doubt in my mind that had I not ducked I would have been cleaned off the bike. Had a very sore neck and took an hour to clean up the helmet....what a friggin mess. It also cracked the plastic on the windshield around the mounting holes. Had just replaced the windshield from a trip the previous fall where excess speed had caused spider cracks to that shield. Keepin this one for awhile. You know Mr. Murphy is just waiting for me to change it!!!
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Posted July 22, 2003 - 11:08 AM
Those things are frickin' MEAN!!
Posted July 22, 2003 - 11:57 AM
Posted July 23, 2003 - 04:21 AM
Apart from that a few foxes, chamois, deer, of varying sizes & color and ....horses. There are a lot of open trails anyone (can) use and I have been confronted numerous times on blind corners with horse+rider coming (slowly) my way and me going (faster) their way. Needless to say its not that enjoyable for any of us and I have learned t slow down some.
So far I havent taken anything out on my WR but I'm expecting to stick a star on my shrouds one of these days...
....I did hit a chicken on my moped once...looked like I ran into a down pillow....POOOFFF!!
oh yeah....how could I forget....numerous ants, beetles, woodlice etc up close and personal!
Posted July 23, 2003 - 06:11 AM
This is just one of the latest trail side critters I have run across
Posted July 23, 2003 - 07:35 AM
If you offered your services, and they refused, I'd say they were lesbo's too!
Posted July 23, 2003 - 07:38 AM
Now All i see are dead people
Posted July 23, 2003 - 09:45 AM
Other encounters include being surronded by a heard of Elk in the Gifford-Pinchot NF, numorous encounters with Bear's, had a Deer come up to me and a bud at Mad River once, it was so close I actually petted it, a friend about got ran over once by a family of Mountain Goats while riding in the Gifford_Pinchot NF, I got attacked by a Grouse once at Walker Valley it flew up and beat me on the helmet when I went by his favorite log, had a Big Horn Sheep follow us around on a hillside in the Salmon River canyon once every time we would stop here she came checking us out, on and on. GR