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Re: Your Most Terrifying Animal Encounter?
< Reply # 80 on 11/12/2017 5:11 PM >
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I was heading to a place this past summer which required a short walk through some woods and then a walk down a fairly steep hill in some long grass (over waist high for me). It was pre-dawn and the ground was a bit wet. I got to top of a hill and heard a weird snorting noise so I froze. It didn't sound human but I also couldn't see anything. I made some noises and nothing moved.

Just as I went to take my next step, a deer pulled this tigger jump out from the grass fairly close to me and scared me enough that I slipped and promptly fell down the hill. The deer happily ran up the hill and then stood there looking down at me as if to say "hahahah"!!

Probably falls more into the "most ridiculous category" but we don't have a lot of scary animals where I live.


For a terrifying moment after you said, "snort," I thought you were going to say wild boar... those things scare me more than anything else in the woods when I wander around the central California region. We have them in Texas too, but for some reason I was more concerned out there - probably because of how frequently I saw their tracks out there.
Mountain lions...,eh, sure you'd be screwed, if it wanted anything to do with you. Fortunately for most adults, unless you're the size of a toddler (or have one), it isn't interested.
But boars... they just don't give a shit. They'll charge you just because they had a bad day and decided to take it out on you!

But the biggest nemesis of all of these things?
Poison fucking oak/ivy/sumac in all its evil forms. I would rather chew off my own arm than endure that shit ever again. And yes, I am totally exaggerating but that stuff seriously sucks, lol.

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Sorry for my momentary rant. Back to your comment:
I surprised a deer once kind of like your story (fortunately I was on mostly flat ground) and managed to snap a photo right as he flew passed me and over the fence. That was pretty damn cool.




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Deer are dangerous especially if they have a rack.
They do charge people.
A man died recently from a goring by one.
Best to spook them off at the get go.

Never had a problem with dogs, deer or hogs.
Dogs and hogs can sense fear.
Hogs can tell by your voice if you're angry as can dogs.
Anger is more useful than fear.
Most animals fear man; use that fear if you need to.
Most times with dogs you can make friends with them. More than one dog is more problematic as they are pack animals; you need to make friends or cause retreat with the 'leader' of the group.
The others tend to fall in line.
True attack trained K-9s will not stop...

Many dogs will retreat if you have an object in your hand and appear you mean business.
Animal encounters are fluid and demand different approaches.
Keep your head, observe and take control.
Using force is always the last resort.

After dozens of dog encounters I've never had to use force on one and haven't been seriously bitten in over 45 years. Do not let them get behind you unless you know you can trust them.
Ankle nippers are hit and run; they may appear to not be interested in you... until you pass them.

Folded back ears are a bad sign in many animals; they are fixing to attack or fight.
Any animal with young can be trouble; always give them a wide berth.



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Re: Your Most Terrifying Animal Encounter?
< Reply # 82 on 11/12/2017 8:32 PM >
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Never seen a grizzly bear in the wild, probably never will.

Black bears, only times Ive seen em they ran away but if you come across one with cubs that feels cornered look out.

Mountain lions, rather run than fight last few attacks I heard of were small women jogging or mountain biking and looking like prey.

Coyotes (plus red wolves and Mexican wolves) most of the time they already ran away before you ever saw them, I had a friend whos uncle was planting a wheat field, coyotes were following him around the field catching the grasshoppers he stirred up. One jumped on the plow (actually a seed drill) and very uncharacteristically showed no fear and rode around a couple laps before jumping off.

Snakes well don't listen to old wives tales. Only 4 poisonous species in N America, and you have to mess up pretty good to get bit by 3 of them and try real hard to get bit by the 4th. Guys that do ag work and surveyors and oil field guys will get an occasional bite but from what Ive read most snake bites come as a result of people messing with the snake trying to catch it or show off in front of peers.

This next one is by far the most dangerous animal in the woods. This one will come after you with malice and forethought. This one will try to deceive you and take your valuables, or have their way with you in other ways. This one is the most highly unpredictable of all animals, governed by forces other than nature give this one a wide berth. He can take you down from 1000yds or travel at speeds in excess of 100mph. Yes he is a dangerous animal. (picture shown for illustration purposes only should not be construed as an indictment of this subject who is actually just some really nice harmless old guy shooting targets)

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My most scary encounter happened just last week. I was rappelling about 100 feet down into a mine and just before reaching the bottom I noticed that I was hanging right between two juvenile rattlesnakes, each resting on an opposite wall of the shaft. A bit of pendulum motion I was able to change over from rappelling to climbing without upsetting the snakes too much. I flew up the first 10 feet before taking a breath, then got the heck out of the mine. Whew! What a scare!

I've only had two instances of finding snakes inside of a mine and both times after dropping a shaft on a rope. I'll be watching below me a bit closer in the future! I'm not looking forward to a third encounter.

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This next one is by far the most dangerous animal in the woods. This one will come after you with malice and forethought. This one will try to deceive you and take your valuables, or have their way with you in other ways. This one is the most highly unpredictable of all animals, governed by forces other than nature give this one a wide berth. He can take you down from 1000yds or travel at speeds in excess of 100mph. Yes he is a dangerous animal. (picture shown for illustration purposes only should not be construed as an indictment of this subject who is actually just some really nice harmless old guy shooting targets)

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But boars... they just don't give a shit. They'll charge you just because they had a bad day and decided to take it out on you!



I think the boar is my spirit animal!! LOL

It actually sounded like a pig (or that was my first thought) but I'm up here in northernish Canada and a boar roaming around would be highly unlikely. Before that thought really took hold though, I was down the hill. lol

I remember an old reality show on A&E about a family in Texas who chased boars around. They are pretty scary looking and much bigger than I realized.




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Never seen a grizzly bear in the wild, probably never will.

Black bears, only times Ive seen em they ran away but if you come across one with cubs that feels cornered look out.




I've had a few black bear encounters out in the back country up here. One was a little too close for comfort, which is when everything I learned in bear safety class went out the window. Seen a few grizzlies too but not up close and personal and I'm pretty good with that. Beautiful animals but not if you're looking each other in the eye. ;)




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I live in Australia so I've never had a terrifying experience with an animal.




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I live in Australia so I've never had a terrifying experience with an animal.


The blue ring octopus is so pretty...
with a white shark or two for good measure,
the roos are so cute,
the brown snakes ever so friendly,
the salt water crocks are mostly out of sight,
and let's not forget all the charming spiders... that can drop you with one bite






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The blue ring octopus is so pretty...
with a white shark or two for good measure,
the roos are so cute,
the brown snakes ever so friendly,
the salt water crocks are mostly out of sight,
and let's not forget all the charming spiders... that can drop you with one bite


You forgot the aggressive drop-bear and the Wandering Bogan.

1 Apr. 2013 · Drop bears target tourists, study says. ... Drop bears are less likely to attack people with Australian accents, according to experts at the University of Tasmania. DROP BEARS TARGET PEOPLE with foreign accents more often than those who are Australian-born, according to new research.



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On a short visit to NC to see the eclipse I got fixated on finding the ghost town of Lost Cove, a several mile hike into the forest. I wandered round the forest and asked locals, but couldn't find it. The third day I thought I'd try from a different angle and went in through Tennessee along the train tracks. I walked as far as I could but turned back after walking 250m of trax with a cliff strait up one side and a long drop into the river on the other, the corner was too tight to see if anything was coming and I might not have been able to run back to safety if I heard a train coming.

The fourth day I found the trail marked "Lost Cove" and walked for several hours down through the valley into the forest where I bumped into a young bear. I lead hikes in Canada and often tell people that if they bump into a baby bear mama is probs close by and they should just turn around and go home. They baby was startled by me and climbed a tree. I couldnt see mum, but could tell where she was cos baby was looking that way for advice on what to do.

I walked back about 100 feet and asked myself for advice on what to do. I'd tell anyone else to turn back but this was day 4 of looking for this place and I knew I was on the right track. My flight was tomorrow, it was my last chance. I tried to convince myself to turn back but as I stood there I heard the train blow it's whistle. The train whose conductor waved to me yesterday, I was that close. I decided to keep going. I thought about all the bear advice I'd been given. I normally don't hike with a sandwich but this day I had one so I armed myself with it and kept walking, thinking if mum didnt want me to pass I'd offer her the snack and run for it.

Just as I got to the baby's tree, he's climbed down now and I couldnt see him, I realized how good the sandwich smelled. and that they could no doubt smell it too. I stuffed it deep into my basket and kicked it into gear for a few more miles.

Eventually the trail got much steeper and I was getting tired enough to not care so much about Lost Cove. I was worried about not having the energy to climb back up the mountain, it would be dark before I got out of the forest and Id have to pass the bear again. I turned back without seeing the ghost town or the bear.

Once my plane landed in Ottawa the next day I turned to the man in the seat next to me and told him I'd have to wait till everyone else deplaned to get my carry on that was stowed in the back of the plane. It took us 2 sentences to find out that he was born in the small NC town I'd been staying in. I asked if he'd heard of Lost Cove. He and his wife's jaws dropped. He told me his uncle taught in the school house there that he assumed was gone now. I told him it was still standing and that I'd been trying to get there. He said he'd been researching the place and was the keeper of a collection of documents from the town. We had so much to say to each other but it was time to go. We were so satisfied with making the connection we didn't exchange contacts.



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A month ago I was exploring an old log house with my BFF. I was downstairs photographing the place- it was filled with feathers from a mattress, the only thing left on the ground floor. He was exploring upstairs. I asked what he could see and he started to describe more feathers and then he stopped and I heard him walk back to the stairs. He said "We have to go". When we were standing together at the bottom of the stairs I asked "what'd you see?" He said "there's a b..." and he whispered "we have to go." I presumed he meant a body and was pretty excited. We climbed outside and back around the building he pointed at a bear in a tree watching us. He'd seen it out a window. When we'd first arrived I heard him; I thought it was deer spooked and running into the forest but it was a bear spooked and running up a tree.




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and let's not forget all the charming spiders... that can drop you with one bite




I was gonna say...even the bugs in Australia scare the hell out of me!!




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I was gonna say...even the bugs in Australia scare the hell out of me!!


And those lizards... Good god, I'd rather take my chances with the sharks down there.

Monitor lizards I think they're called? Ewww, no. Nope. And... No.




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And those lizards... Good god, I'd rather take my chances with the sharks down there.

Monitor lizards I think they're called? Ewww, no. Nope. And... No.


SW US has the venomous Gila monster.
Unless you molest it though it's pretty much a harmless reclusive. Pretty critters.

Scorpions aren't deadly but the little buggers can climb up bathroom tiles even.
There known to drop from ceilings and sting people in their beds. The little ones are hard to see and they can sting.
I've mucked around with them; they're goofy little mindless stinging machines.
They glow under UV light... and are photophobic; even their own glow panics them.
These are critters are never want in your house...




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West Texas barn owl, old building Valentine Texas, I guess it was more terrified than I was. Especially when the flash went off it went kinda crazy.

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That owl does look pretty scared really. Honestly in my opinion I think that owl is rather pretty.




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Well I now have an actual contribution to this thread: my first wild boar encounter. It's probably the most dangerous animal on the Korean Peninsula that doesn't walk on two legs. I was up a hill in an abandoned US army base all alone. The thing saw me and ran closer, which was pretty unnerving. I had equipment with me that could've fended it off. They sound funny when they walk, like two soldiers running in sync.




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For me it'd be a fisher cat. Not only are they mean but the sound they make is eerie. Encountered one while exploring in New Hampshire. A friend and I were exploring an old hut in the woods when all of a sudden we hear what sounds like a child screaming. Even if you recognize what the sound is it is an awfully chilling sound!




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For me it'd be a fisher cat. Not only are they mean but the sound they make is eerie. Encountered one while exploring in New Hampshire. A friend and I were exploring an old hut in the woods when all of a sudden we hear what sounds like a child screaming. Even if you recognize what the sound is it is an awfully chilling sound!


That's pretty cool.
That's an interesting critter you don't hear much about. They are one of the few predators of porcupines.




I won't take all that they hand me down, And make out I smile, though I wear a frown,
And I'm not gonna take it all lying down. 'Cause once I get started, I go to town,
'Cause I'm not like everybody else, I'm not like everybody else I'm not like everybody else. I'm not like everybody else...
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