Everybody's responses to my rattler post inspired me to start a more general thread on wildlife encounters. Most of the TT'rs have been riding a long time. Couple that to their colorful writing style and we have the recipe for some fun reading. Here's my shot at it: Having ridden dirt bikes for more than 20 years, it's no surprise that I have had my fair share of wildlife encounters while out on the trail. Many years ago my family used to own a summer cabin in the mountains east of Heber City, UT (Timber Lakes). It was a beautiful area with large aspens and spruce trees and tons of wildlife. It was not uncommon to see moose, deer, and a variety of other critters. I once accidently ran over a marmot while riding. He ran out in the road in front of me. I successfully lofted the front end over him, but he got caught in the rear wheel. He rolled a good 20 feet or so, got up and shook himself off and ran into the brush. I hope he was OK. He looked as surprised as I did. The scariest incident I ever had involved a mule deer. I came around a corner and he was standing right in the middle of the road. I grabbed both brakes and threw my weight to the rear in an effort to stop. Fortunately, I avoided hitting him as it likely would have been bad for both of us (I once saw a street bike hit a cow at about 40MPH and it wasn't pretty). Those are some good memories of my earliest riding days and first bikes (Yamaha MX175s, GT80s, IT175s) ahhhh the good old days. Later.