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OK, what's the nastiest critter you've spotted on a ride(30 posts)

OK, what's the nastiest critter you've spotted on a rideJohnG
Oct 6, 2001 5:01 PM
And I don't mean other riders or motorists. ;)

We saw a pretty good sized bear bounding toward the lunch stop on a 'saged' ride today. However, no comments later from the stragglers about an "attack" so the bear must have been turned off by the vittles. ;)

My secret desire is to see a big cat up close on a ride. I've seen a bunch of bobcats but never a cougar on a ride.

JohnG
re: and the old saying goes...Akirasho
Oct 6, 2001 5:34 PM
... be careful what you wish for... you just might get it.

Aside from the amazing beast with two backs (it (they) weren't riding (a bike) or in a motorized vehicle) I've never seen anything I'd call "nasty", rather a lot of wildlife.

Round these parts, dogs would represent the greatest animate hazard by your definition presented by nature. But the kewl stuff would be deer, fox and the occasional coyote... closely followed by nature's slinky (bigazz snakes sometimes slither cross the road (most usually make it... some don't). Funny, but it's them small critters like monks and such that usually end up adorning spokes and downtubes... guess from their height "disadvantage" their hard pressed to make out a cyclist until it's too late.

Got whacked by geese and ravens... run over a groundhog or two... that's about it.

And remember, if you do finally see your big cat... make sure you're with a slower rider...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
where did you get this pic?Woof the dog
Oct 6, 2001 6:06 PM
yeah
re: and the old saying goes...RUSHxxx2112
Oct 7, 2001 10:32 AM
Thanks for the great pic; I`ve just set it as my background screen.
re: OK, what's the nastiest critter you've spotted on a ridemetty108
Oct 6, 2001 5:35 PM
This is not really nasty, but I saw 2 cows
humpin the other week, just made me chuckle
to myself. No I am not into beastiality incase
you were wondering.
Paul
I have heard story about moosecyclopathic
Oct 6, 2001 7:33 PM
attacking group of riders on Rocky Mnt 1200
I'll be there next year, hopefully I wont have a chance to verify it :o()
A three-foot tree branch. Unfortunately, it spotted me. (nm)Elefantino
Oct 6, 2001 7:47 PM
Bears & rattlers twice, coyotes often, two bobcats oncecory
Oct 6, 2001 8:10 PM
Still a lot of wildlife left not far from Reno, though the City Council is developing it out of existence as fast as it can work the rubber stamp. Mountain lions in the area, too, but I've never seen one.
Did you run over the rattler? What would happen? (nm)Chris Zeller
Oct 8, 2001 4:23 AM
re: OK, what's the nastiest critter you've spotted on a rideBirddog
Oct 6, 2001 8:32 PM
I was almost run off the road by a very large Armadillo once. The damn things are nearly blind and it was barreling across the road right at me like a 20 pound boulder.
re: OK, what's the nastiest critter you've spotted on a rideKen
Oct 7, 2001 12:45 AM
An 8 foot long snake. I wanted to grab it but it being a hot day and all I decided I'd better not espicially since I didn't know if it was venimous or not.

Ken
re: OK, what's the nastiest critter you've spotted on a ridewalkott
Oct 7, 2001 6:25 AM
A huge python in everglades national park. Rangers said that they are not native to the area and was probably a released pet. It had been spotted several times before and they had been trying to remove it.
Skunks?Elena
Oct 7, 2001 7:26 AM
I've never seen one, but running into a skunk on my morning commute to work is my biggest fear. How would I EVER live that down with the noncyclist co-workers? Anyone ever actually get squirted while cycling?

I did see 3 or 4 turkey buzzards once sitting on fenceposts near the road, I think they were waiting for the wheezing, twitching cyclist to finally keel over! Ugly critters.

Ellen
Skunks?Birddog
Oct 7, 2001 10:37 AM
I have had narrow escapes twice. In both instances the encounter occurred early in the AM (before sunrise) and both times the skunk stopped, raised tailed, and cocked the mechanism ready to fire, but both times I swerved and the skunk held back.
doubleLuis
Oct 7, 2001 10:57 AM
Last weekend on the local coastal trail passed very close to a large bull moose, um, mating. They were in the brush on the inside of a curve. Then a quarter of a mile later there was a small black bear 15 feet from the trail eating berries.
Nothing too nasty, just the usual....jagiger
Oct 7, 2001 12:38 PM
raccoon with baby who was in no hurry to get off the road & growled angrily at me. Rocky seemed pretty pist! I've also see fox, a large long legged pig crossed ahead of me but luckily he/she was interested ("get along you little doggie!!!"). I also had a hawk with prey in tow, fly about 10-12 yard in front of me at about handle bar height...pretty awesome!!!
tibetan yakharlett
Oct 7, 2001 1:34 PM
on a seven week bicycling trip in china and tibet we had golden snub-nosed monkeys jump out of trees onto us----- but without a doubt the most threshold sprint inducing mean, nasty, big animals i have ever encountered were tibetan yaks..
Worse than the llama! nmSpinchick
Oct 7, 2001 1:49 PM
a yak attack?!Jack S
Oct 8, 2001 6:36 AM
nm
critters aren't nastyClub
Oct 7, 2001 3:42 PM
seen bear, elk, deer, bobcats, coyotes, porcupines, marmots, pikas, and one mountain lion. only critter that ever attacked me was a hen turkey protecting her chicks
critters aren't nastyharlett
Oct 7, 2001 4:07 PM
trust me..about four days riding out of tongren and about three days from zekog on a tibetan plateau at about 11,000 feet there lives one NASTY black yak..*S*
re: OK, what's the nastiest critter you've spotted on a rideProboscis
Oct 7, 2001 4:03 PM
Pitbull. The meanest, nastiest thing on four legs. All teeth and muscle. I have never sprinted so hard for so long. The only time I wish I had my pistol in my fanny pack. My buddies and I never rode there again.
A toothless redneck in a Dodge duelly! -nmTig
Oct 7, 2001 4:05 PM
a rotting corpsewithheld
Oct 8, 2001 4:44 AM
gruesome
re: OK, what's the nastiest critter you've spotted on a ridemorey
Oct 8, 2001 5:30 AM
I have seen deer, pigs (hogs), turkey, armadilloes, bobcats and snakes. I ran over a Rattlesnake - this was a hairy moment because I did not see him until it was too late. Fortunately, he did not strike me.
BIG frickin' tarantula's in Solvang!!! (nm)Roxy
Oct 8, 2001 7:28 AM
Mtn. Liongrzy
Oct 8, 2001 7:55 AM
Had one leap across the fire road in front of me and a buddy while riding in Wilder Ranch (in Santa Cruz) a few years back. It was dusk and we caught him out in a field (probably hunting rodents) - he made a bee-line for the woods and leaped across the road right infront of us. Biggest damn cat I've ever seen in the wild. Awe inspiring. Lots of boar, bobcats, deer, turantulas (huge ones), hawks, owls, etc.
re: too much wildlifeTurtleherder
Oct 8, 2001 8:02 AM
A list of critters besides dogs, cats, squirrels etc. that have run out in front of me, run along side me or dive bombed me: deer, fox, racoons, skunks, opossum, ground hogs, coopers hawks, turkey vultures, great horned owl, bob cat, coyotes, turkeys, geese, ducks, swan, box turtles, painted turtles, snapping turtles, bull snakes, fox snakes, blue racers (snake), timber rattlesnakes, hog nosed snakes, northern banded water snakes, six lined racers (lizard). Iam sure there are others that I am not remembering.
The nastiest was a snapping turtle. He was a really big one. The shell was about two and half feet across and he weighed over 100 pounds. He was crossing the road to get to a small pond from the river. I stopped and grabbed him by the tail and pulled him to the other side out of traffic. He was hissing and snapping at me the whole way. At first it was a tug of war because they have huge claws on their front feet and are very strong.
Ah...and a screen name was born? (nm)Kristin
Oct 8, 2001 8:40 AM
"Nasty" depends upon your particular phobia.E33
Oct 8, 2001 9:54 AM
Depending on what scares you the most, these rankings could change:

1. Big ol'Pit Bull - It exploded barking out of the bushes & I was totally unprepared. Knocked me off my bike. In the split second after I hit the pavement, I expected to be attacked. However, as I got up & swiveled around, the damn dog just sat there, wagging its tail!
2. Rattlesnakes - They coil on the side of the road on spring mornings, warming their blood. I like to stop at a safe distance & squirt a little water at'em or aggravate'em to get'em rattling.
3. Horned (horny) toads - These are scary only because they are difficult to see from a distance & I feel so bad if I happen to run over one. It's only happened a few times.
4. Big black beetles - These things STINK & can squirt innards when they are crushed. I absolutely hate this odor.
5. Humongus grasshoppers - These are as large as a mouse. Most of the time they are stacked up having grasshopper sex, a real road hazard.
6. Caterpillars - Big, juicy ones that really squirt when run over. Nothing like c-pillar juice down your calf.
7. Javalina hogs - They can be mean if cornered. I've had a herd of them rumble out in front of me, creating a road hazard.
8. Large black tarantulas - They crawl across the road. They're also fun to mess with, as they get pissed & rear up in a defensive posture.