I usually have no problems with any animals except for the time I was alone riding my dirt bike in the hills and came around a corner and there was a mama bear and her two cubs. Everyone knows that's when bears are the most dangerous but I just sat there and stared at her while sitting on my bike and finally, she just walked off. It was kind of scary as I was all alone and didn't know how she would react.
Wow I would have ridden away ASAP.
If you don't count rattlesnakes in the desert it would have to be a rabid racoon.
All my raccoons have been sweet.
I don't blame the coon. He was just sick.
You're a good man, Will.
I was about 12, I was at a camp by the river.
I was fishing on the bank by the next camp down.
I went back to get some bait or something, I started running back to where I was fishing.
All of a sudden a snake pops up in front of me about 10 feet away.
I just froze and this evil looking thing was staring at me, almost at eye level.
I just slowly backed away, then turned around and started running.
I never said anything to anyone because if I did, I knew I wouldn't be allowed to go back fishing.
I've been bitten by a couple of council estate dogs and a rather large wild garden spider before today Blew.
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Well dang, I got bitten by a spider and it almost killed me...but I don't really think of little spiders (no matter how dangerous) as "wild animals"...
Yeah spiders in England are totally non poisonous so I was just taking the piss Boz. I am sorry to hear about your experience though and certainly didn't mean to make light of how dangerous spiders can be in other countries.
No big deal, Ada, thanks. :)
I have a few.
One, I was walking my dog around the block ... and a black bear poked its head out of some tall brush (wetland) and looked at us. I backed away, keeping an eye on the bear - but not looking it directly in the eye.
Another time, I was walking my dog at a campground ... came around a blind corner ... and there was a bull elk grazing next to the path. He was getting ready to charge, and I fired my handgun to startle him ... giving us enough time to retreat around the corner, so we weren't "threatening" him.
A third time, I was walking my dog in a different neighborhood ... and was charged by a neighbor's dog. They were outside working on their vehicle, but refused to call their dog. I was forced to use my handgun to defend myself. After I wounded their dog, and it retreated, they called the cops. (The cops sided with me)
Sounds like the problem is that dog. He sure does attract unwanted encounters
Y'know ... I was just thinking that, after writing.
But I still miss him.
I was thinking the same thing. Ha!
Never had one.
I'm not a fan of snakes, saw one in a shed when I was a kid, ran straight out
No wild animals, just a dog chasing me on my bike when I was young. When I got to my home, I jumped off the bike and threw it on the dog. He went away yelping. lol
I always like surfing Trestles. Warm water and the breakers held up well. Better if you're goofy foot though.
yep, and even bigger in the Sloughs
Went to my son's house last week, and when I pulled in the driveway, there was a mama bear and her 2 cubs in the Cherry trees. Not terribly scary though, those 3 bears have been in the area the last couple months.
Most of my encounters revolve around rattlesnakes on the farm.
They told me that was their farm and you were trespassing.
I know to look for them, but we have small children who visit the farm and like to fish down there. Always worries me. Snakes out in the pasture are fine, but when they start encroaching around the cabin and where the pets are, it's time to remove them.
No kidding! Isn't there something that can drive snakes away?
If there was, I could make a fortune marketing it. They sell a lot of junk that doesn't work at all. (Kind of like hair growing formulas for bald guys.)
What about ultrasounds like the ones that drive moles away? Cats have been known to drive snakes away but I know you don't want any kitty cats on your farm.
Yeah.... LOL I bought one of those. It was supposed to keep mice away. A mouse chewed through the cord. It ended up on the pile of junk that just doesn't work. Remember that snakes don't have ears, they just feel sounds through their jaws.
I was hiking around and TA-DA! there was a rattlesnake right in front of me. A rattlesnake is not a big deal; they live here, and it is rare to get bitten unless you harass the snake. You just want to see one before you step on it. I checked for an alternate route. Being a stream bank with bushes, there was no other route. So with the toe of my shoe I tossed dirt at the snake. Rattlesnakes don't like dirt on their scales, so he slithered away.
I've been too close for comfort to bears on multiple occasions. Both grizzly and black, luckily they've always decided to leave. The only time I've been truly afriad from an animal is the one time I wasn't making my way back to camp as the sun wasn't going down and I had to walk through an unexpected marshy area that made the going really slow. Just when it was about half way through the wet spot I heard the unmistakable chilling scream of a mountain lion / cougar. Never saw the animal but did that ever get my heart racing.
Me and this other fool were riding motorcycles, checking out a dirt road to some fishing hole. This was northwest of Phoenix in an area that is mostly known as the location of the longest dirt road in the nation, over 90 miles. Rattlesnakes in the area are the stuff of legends: as thick as a man's arm and maybe eight feet long. They curl up in the roadway because it's warm and they look something like a lost firehose. I saw it first and I turned my bike around for another look. My buddy missed it and only turned because I did. So here we are, me facing west and him facing east, with this fanged fire hose between us. Well, staring at a coiled snake is not very amusing, so my buddy gunned the engine and rolled across him. I gunned my engine and rolled across him in the opposite direction.
Well, that's all. No story, just an unusual sight. Nobody got hurt, and I'm sure the snake survived even though it was not amused.
Encounters yes, scary no.
Wolves in Russia have been known to attack people. Wolves in USA generally don't.
Well, I didn't say there's nothing to be scared of.
That's bullshit, that_guy. Pure bullshit.
I have never heard of a person attack by a wolf. You wouldn't happen to know Mike56, would you?
No, and I've never been to Russia either.
Not many wild animals that would hurt me in my town. But this stupid old moose came into town and he ran around the schoolyard once. He probably wouldn't mean to hurt any one just they get so excited in a busy spot they could run onto into a kid. Think they finally found and shot that one.
A mother moose gave me a warning one time in Alaska. And I heeded it.