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Maybe mountain biking is more dangerous than road(15 posts)

Maybe mountain biking is more dangerous than roadmickey-mac
Jan 8, 2004 10:46 PM

I'm betting the "local news station" jumped to the conclusion that the body found in the same national park "may have been mauled" by the same lion. Cleveland National Forest is big area where that has been used as a body dumping ground in the past. Anyhow, I ran into a mountain lion once while mountain biking and am glad I didn't have to fight it off. I hope the injured rider isn't too badly hurt.
Jan 8, 2004 11:10 PM
Luckily I've only run across a few bobcats--and those guys are kind of cute. I've had the worst scares almost hitting deer at speed on the road bike.
crap!Woof the dog
Jan 9, 2004 12:02 AM
Damn, I wonder if i had guts to throw myself onto the stupid mtn. lion and wrestle that focker down and strangle it?

Say 140 pounds of me with bare hands versus 110 pounds with sharp teeth? Mmmm, sounds like I'd get pretty scraped up.

All I know is that if it was my friend I'd do something other than hold his legs and play tug.

A few years ago there was a story about some dog trainer guy wrestling with a mtn. lion.

Riding with Camelbak and AR-15 on my back! (nm)Breakfast
Jan 9, 2004 5:42 AM
Jan 9, 2004 5:02 AM
The place we ride has signs up saying "Beware of Bears". They were just put up the beginning of last season and the first few weeks we got a good kick out of it as we know there are no bears in the area. Even if there were one, it would probably be more afraid of us than we would be of it. However, a run in with a mountain lion, I think that would be different, glad there are none around my area.

Hope the rider is okay.
No mtn. lion round here but I almost hit a deer last weekChicago_Steve
Jan 9, 2004 6:35 AM
When night comes to the Chicago forest preserves the deer come out like cattle. I was trying to preserve some battery life on my NiteRider light and probably came within 5' of a deer on the MUT last week after work. I was close enough to hear the deer gasp for breath before he lept away from me. I never saw him in the winter darkness.

I've also encountered some pretty gnarly racoons and a mean spirited possum on the trail... But no mountain lions...
Had a test of wills against a pheasant oncepitt83
Jan 9, 2004 6:50 AM
He refused to yield the trail (A big fella). Just looked at me from 6-10 feet away and wouldn't move. I gave him about 2-3 minutes before he wandered off into the brush and I could continue. It was about 6:30AM, winter and on a beach head trail at sunrise. A beautiful morning.
Was attacked by a Canadien goose once...loki_1
Jan 9, 2004 9:38 AM
well, they look a lot bigger when they are flying at your head and you are trying to unclip.
I came inches from a bunny the other nightJFR
Jan 9, 2004 10:33 AM
The MUT I ride here in Sacramento sounds a lot like your's. I average no less than 5 deer sighting a night. I also see no less than 7 rabits, and usually at least one big owl taking flight as ride near him. The owl sightings are cool... the underside of their wings are white and really catch the light from my HID.

During daylight hours, the squirels can be a real hazard.
Trees do way more catasrophic damage than lions (nm)hrv
Jan 9, 2004 7:47 AM
Saw this on the news this morning...jtferraro
Jan 9, 2004 8:13 AM
I thought they said they killed the mountain lion that they think was responsible.

Mornings news reports a mtn lion was killed...Brooks
Jan 9, 2004 8:20 AM
They will have to wait for the autopsy to know if it was the correct cat. If not, do they go out and shoot some more until they get the right one? As I recall, the number of people killed by mtn lions in California in the past 100 years can be counted on two hands. The number of lions killed numbers in the tens of thousands. Yep, seems fair to me. These are wilderness areas with critters doing what comes naturally. We are the ones intruding on them.
about ran into a moose once in WY while MTB (nm)ColnagoFE
Jan 9, 2004 9:00 AM
swarm of yellow jackets tried to carry me offmarcoxxx
Jan 9, 2004 9:40 AM
this summer while mtn biking, and ended up with doz of stings. They did not like it either when I dropped my bike and one end of the handle bar landed in their nest hole. It took a while before they let me have my bike back too!
lucky you're not allergic. i'd be dead!_rt_
Jan 9, 2004 12:36 PM