Creature you'd most like to avoid on a trail

Discussion in 'Hiking, Camping, and the Great Outdoors' started by Tricia, May 28, 2018.

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  1. Bear

    33 vote(s)
    47.8%
  2. Moose

    25 vote(s)
    36.2%
  3. Mountain Lion (Cougar)

    42 vote(s)
    60.9%
  4. Rattle Snake

    21 vote(s)
    30.4%
  5. Farm Animal

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Skunk

    16 vote(s)
    23.2%
  7. Wolf

    7 vote(s)
    10.1%
  8. Coyote

    7 vote(s)
    10.1%
  9. Bugs (mosquitos, ticks, and other tiny nuisance)

    10 vote(s)
    14.5%
  10. Other

    9 vote(s)
    13.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Tricia

    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    With the discussions we've been having about Bear, Moose and Cougar attacks, I wonder; which animal or other species are you the most anxious about bumping into on a trail, whether you're skiing, hiking, mountain biking or camping.
    *You are allowed 5 selections in this vote.
    Reference threads:
    Two mountain bikers attacked by cougar
    Moose charges cyclists in Alaska
    Bear Mauling and other Bear Stories
    And just because farm animals haven't been discussed yet, check out this video of Candide Thovex being charged by a cow
     
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  2. Fishbowl

    Fishbowl A Parallel Universe Skier

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    I've been skunked twice.

    The only other animal potentially more annoying is an off leash dog when I am hiking with my GSD.
     
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    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Funny, I actually thought about having stray dog as an option.
     
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  4. kimmyt

    kimmyt My Rack Is Bigger Than Yours Skier

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  6. SpikeDog

    SpikeDog You want Big Air, kid? Skier

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    Where I camp in the Unitas, last year a guy with a trail cam showed me a few pictures of a black bear sow and two cubs. I know where he had it, and I go back to that water hole a lot on foot. I hike quite a bit with my German Shepard, and I really didn't need that information. I suppose I did, but now the wife makes me take a pistol. I was happy just taking a walkie talkie before.
     
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    I never imagined this, but a Monkey Attack
     
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  8. ScotsSkier

    ScotsSkier USSA Coach Industry Insider Pugski Ski Tester

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    What? No option for MTBe riders??!!.....:popcorn:
     
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  9. Eric267

    Eric267 Gettin after it Skier

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    Around here I would say mountain lion. Luckily we don't usually have them in the Tahoe basin since there are really no dear. If you head just a few miles outside of Truckee they run the deer migration path from the valleys around Reno up towords Plumas county.

    Grizzly if we're talking North America

    I guess if your not used to them coyotes seem scary. They are all fur only weighing 35-40 lbs on average. You mostly just have to worry if you have a smaller dog that's off leash during a confrontation. Lots of stories around here of coyotes grabbing puppies and taking off with them right in front of owners.

    Definitely the most scared I've ever been of an animal was wild street dogs down in Guatemala and Mexico.

    My ex had a sister that was living down in Lake Atalin, Gt a few miles up on the hill away from the town of Panajitchel. As if walking home from the bars late at night wasn't sketchy enough there were crazy amounts of wild dogs that would come out of the hills in the middle of the night to scavenge for food. I have no doubt if those things attacked you and drew blood pack mentality would take over and they would rip you to shreads.

    The packs of wild pit bulls down in Tijuana and Roserito are pretty scary also.
     
  10. François Pugh

    François Pugh Out on the slopes Skier

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    Running out of DEET and encountering these.
     
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  11. fatbob

    fatbob Making fresh tracks Skier

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    Flawed poll - no option for other humans

    Beyond that midges and other bugs by far.
     
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    slowrider Out on the slopes Skier

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    When hiking in the Woods I carry a firearm.
     
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  13. Bad Bob

    Bad Bob old n' slow Skier

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    Wasp nests would rank up there too. Even the bears will steer clear of those.
    Bad mosquitoes are another, they are thought to be a main reason that caribou migrate.
     
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    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Okay, no one was voting Kangaroo, which I put in place for our friends from down under, so I changed that selection to bugs, covering mosquitos, ticks, and other such things.

    How about you use the "other" option for "other" humans. ;)
     
  15. coskigirl

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    I never would have thought this would be an issue for me until last Friday. I was riding with my dad in front of me and my sister behind when a large brown dog came flying toward me with no owners in sight. When I first sensed the movement I thought it was a bear cub. He started galloping along side us until we came around a bend and found its owners. If I’d been alone I probably would have had words with the owners.
     
  16. JeffB

    JeffB Refilling the flask Skier

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    Around here, I would say human is the animal I least like to encounter. Most people are great, but at least once per year, on the AT or connecting trails in the Smokies or Blue Ridge, a person will emerge from the trees in the middle of nowhere, with almost no gear and frequently no pack, wearing surplus military gear, and there is a strange look before one of us moves off. Maybe they are fine. Maybe they live back in the woods somewhere. Maybe I am actually the weird one, I don't know. Whatever it is, it's unnerving.
     
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  17. Posaune

    Posaune sliding Skier

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    I was just thinking that armed people are the ones I want to avoid most.
     
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    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    I have more than one friend who has started to carry a gun while hiking. I'm not going to lie, I've considered it. Its been a long time since I've been shooting so I'd have to refresh my skills before I'd feel comfortable packing heat.
     
  19. SkiNurse

    SkiNurse Spontaneous Christy Pugski Ski Tester

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    Exaaaaactly. It's the people I prefer to avoid.... :cool:
     
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    SkiNurse Spontaneous Christy Pugski Ski Tester

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    You wouldn't know who is armed if they are carrying concealed.
     

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