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Your Most Terrifying Animal Encounter?
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I'm curious as to what others have experienced out there when it comes to animals, more specifically the scary/dangerous encounters.

Personally I went into a building with two friends and at first spooked a bird, nbd, I can handle a bird. Even got a cool picture of it.


Continued exploring the house as you do, oogling and taking pictures of everything. Notice a lot of animal feces on the stairs, for whatever reason I think nothing of it, despite the sheer large amount of it.


For some slight context we had been hearing noises like kids coming, and police sirens, both turned out to be "nothing" so we continued the exploration. Continuing upstairs, slowly, reach the attic and stop. We all collectively realize that they noises we had heard were not kids, or police, but coyotes.

Then we hear something literally climb into the bottom floor. I was terrified. Obviously at that point we decide it's time to leave, and me being the largest of the group of course I have to go first. I vividly remember my friend asking me if I had my knife and me replying with "That won't help". So we ended up making it out and everything was good but I will never forget it. I happened to be recording and you can hear the sound of them crawling in. If that's something you guys would want to hear hit me up. We also realized that the coyotes were probably living in the attic that we were about to enter, because of the feces on the stairs. Close one.

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Coyotes? They're pretty harmless. These guys will take your leg off. You can find a bunch of them running loose all over South Dallas.

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Coyotes? They're pretty harmless. These guys will take your leg off. You can find a bunch of them running loose all over South Dallas.

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Yeah dogs you need to sort out fast.

Feral hogs are worse than Coyotes but most wild animals would rather run away given the option.
But some won't give ground...
I've inadvertently come up within 3 feet of skunks at night; point blank range.
One I walked up to one because at first the white on its up right tail made it appear to be a bird from 10 feet away in the dim light of night.
I was standing about 4 feet away, leaning down towards it, wondering why it wasn't running away, saying out loud "What the fuck are you... oh shit!"
I slowly backed away.
He had me dead to rights and than some.
Fortunately he was not in the least ruffled by my 'interrogation'



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I always take pics of any animals while exploring if I can.

Not really afraid of dogs but this one was not afraid of me either. German Shepard shown for size comparison, rusty color dog with cropped ears had to be 140-150lbs.
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Then theres these guys, watch your step and where you put your hands. Texas Black Tail and Western Diamondback rattlers.

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I've been lucky enough to only really encounter animals of the dead variety but my friend was exploring in Gary on one of many trips he's taken there, opened a door inside an apartment block and came face to face with a pitbull...




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I always take pics of any animals while exploring if I can.

Not really afraid of dogs but this one was not afraid of me either. German Shepard shown for size comparison, rusty color dog with cropped ears had to be 140-150lbs.
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Then theres these guys, watch your step and where you put your hands. Texas Black Tail and Western Diamondback rattlers.

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I try to 'make friends' with them; a lot of times this works. Dogs are domesticated and most are bred to be sociable with humans.
I once had two charge me from around a blind corner of a house with their barks giving me about a 3 second warning.
Made friends with them in 3 feet and 2 seconds...

Than there are these little fellows; harmless.


Black widows; harmless, just don't accidentally crush one as they will defend themselves then, naturally.
Rattle snakes; harmless, just don't step on them or try to handle/kill them.
I've relocated at least a dozen. As long as you keep your body heat away from them and handle them gently, they tend to be very laid back.
You never know we're they'll pop up. I took this one about 100 yards over to base of a mesquite tree.





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Coyotes? They're pretty harmless. These guys will take your leg off. You can find a bunch of them running loose all over South Dallas.

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How would you even handle running into one of those haha. That's terrifying and I am ever glad it's not something I have to deal with here.




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How would you even handle running into one of those haha. That's terrifying and I am ever glad it's not something I have to deal with here.


we just stopped and stared at each other for awhile and he finally went away after giving each other the bluff

tried squeaking, snapping my fingers and calling him a good boy which had no effect probably never knew any human kindness based on the part of town if he ever had a human interact with him at all

typically they wont attack unless they feel cornered or threatened or protecting pups and I know theres owners of these on here that will disagree but a certain percentage of pit bulls or mixes thereof have a screw loose and can fly off the handle for no apparent reason, very unpredictable

a beautiful blue pit bull took up residence with a neighbors mountain cur, they were afraid to go outside I walked out and baby talked him for a minute and he went all happy and slobbery for attention about wagging his little stub tail off (his mouth fit all the way around my forearm and my forearms aint real small)

try the baby talk thing works about half the time

never ever for any reason run from one they think that means you want to be brought down by the hamstrings and mauled...




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never ever for any reason run from one they think that means you want to be brought down by the hamstrings and mauled...


Noted, hamstrings and not getting mauled are two crucial things to have.




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I happened to be recording and you can hear the sound of them crawling in. If that's something you guys would want to hear hit me up.


Yeah, I'd be interested in hearing that.




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we just stopped and stared at each other for awhile and he finally went away after giving each other the bluff

tried squeaking, snapping my fingers and calling him a good boy which had no effect probably never knew any human kindness based on the part of town if he ever had a human interact with him at all

typically they wont attack unless they feel cornered or threatened or protecting pups and I know theres owners of these on here that will disagree but a certain percentage of pit bulls or mixes thereof have a screw loose and can fly off the handle for no apparent reason, very unpredictable

a beautiful blue pit bull took up residence with a neighbors mountain cur, they were afraid to go outside I walked out and baby talked him for a minute and he went all happy and slobbery for attention about wagging his little stub tail off (his mouth fit all the way around my forearm and my forearms aint real small)

try the baby talk thing works about half the time

never ever for any reason run from one they think that means you want to be brought down by the hamstrings and mauled...


Yeap.
You got to size them up and not loose your head.
Different things work depending on the situation.
Never run from a predator
; it's an attack cue hard wired into their brains.
Slowly back up facing them to bug out of their territory.
This usually works with an aggressive dog. Sometimes their territory extends into the street, etc.

Dogs can sense when you want to kill dogs; anger is much more useful than fear.
They can sense fear!
In any event you can dispatch a single large dog if you need to.
All they have is their mouth.
Worse case scenario jam anything can down its throat including your hand... kill it.
Breaking their lower jaw or nose renders them defenseless and it will prove fatal to them; last resort.
With feral hogs anger in your voice and cursing is much more effective than screaming at them; they are intelligent.


I've dealt with a lot of dogs. They are territorial.
Since they are domesticated -most- times either 'making friends' with them or if you have to, posturing and verbal commands work.
I had two encounters with dogs that where fixing to attack, oddly just the sound of my fighting knife locking open and the sight of it in my hand got them to run away. Especially dogs that have been abused can be spooked like this.
Multiple dogs and attack trained dogs are problematic.
My preferred weapon is a walking stick.

*Never spray a dog with pepper spray; it's inhumane.
The dog will literally rub it's eyes raw in the gravel attempting to stop the burn




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Bears and mountain lions, mostly. Common here, though, and not too big a deal, but it can be a bit unnerving when you round a corner and there's a big cat on the trail. haha I had a bear hibernate near the house this past winter - emerged with 2 cubs in the spring. I could reach the den from my deck with a 3 iron. lol




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When I was young we were taught the best defence against wild animals is to make a lot of noise so you don't take them by surprise. Presumably if the OP stomped around and yelled a bit, there would have been less chance of anything going wrong than if they tried to sneak out.




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I've had close encounters with only two dangerous animals: A rattlesnake and a black widow spider. The rattlesnake was on a ledge in a rocky gorge as I was climbing up from exploring a bunch of abandoned cars at the bottom of the gorge. I didn't even see it until it was three feet in front of my face.

A few years ago, I was on the job in Rhode Island and found a black widow spider. (a very rare find in New England) I brought it in to work, and it was delivered to management and a reporter waiting for me. From there, my discovery went on to four different local news channels! Lol.

I wish it lived longer than a day in captivity, because I could have got better pictures of it, but I did what I could at the time.









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While camping, we had to scare a black bear out of our camp, and I've run into a few venomous snakes, but they were content to go their own way.

I think I only have one qualifying experience for an animal encounter while exploring an abandoned site:

As a teenager, I was exploring an abandoned hospital with some friends when we started hearing thumping and scratching noises in the ceiling right above our heads. We had no idea what it was, but it sounded big. We circled up back to back defensively, flashlights facing outward, and tried to pinpoint the location of whatever it was up there, but it was moving fast.

Finally, a ceiling tile cracked, and the fattest raccoon I ever saw almost dropped to the floor, but it managed to struggle his way back up into the ceiling.

Yeah, I know, it was just a raccoon, but we didn't know that at the time, and it scared us pretty good.




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When I was young we were taught the best defence against wild animals is to make a lot of noise so you don't take them by surprise. Presumably if the OP stomped around and yelled a bit, there would have been less chance of anything going wrong than if they tried to sneak out.


When we realized it was yelps, and heard them crawl in we started talking louder, but we kind of took our time getting out. We realized we were in the thick of their den and also thought they may have pups, made me think making a lot of noise may have lead to more problems.




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Once, I ran into some mosquitoes. They're pretty damn terrifying.




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Once, I ran into some mosquitoes. They're pretty damn terrifying.


Green head flies.
Visit Assateague Island this summer when the wind is blowing towards the ocean and meet a real insect horror.
They are completely relentless and they wuv to bite.




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For me would probably be just being startled by a bat whilst exploring in the middle of the night at an abandoned hospital, thankfully i have not encountered anything too terrifying.




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I recently had a most unpleasant experience that involved biting flies. Evidently, deet does not deter them from taking chunks out of your scalp.
I recommend avoiding biting flies whenever possible.




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