I've seen deer, turkey, quail, rabbits, a few rattle snakes, and even a badger. I saw a rattle snake about to eat a rabbit. I reved that bike up and then the rabbit took off and got away. The snake turned toward me. I showed him what me back tire looked like pretty quick. I was a good ways away from him(about 10 or 12 feet). I see cows alot, they don't count. I also have seen a very large bull. Its a good thing I don't ride a honda with matching gear :eek: . I would have hate to seen a bull at a full charge. I've also riden on a private ranch with a large heard of Buffalo. That was cool to see.
Deer and turkeys are a common sight here in the South. Lots of snakes and lizards, too. The weirdest thing I've seen is an armadillo.
I HEARD a big cat once. It scared the B-Jesus out of us, and we didn't waste any time getting out of there. Have you ever had the hair stand up on the back of your neck? I never understood what that meant 'til we heard that shriek. :eek:
If I'm the first one in our group I always see lots of spiders, especioly this time of year. We saw a ground hawg a couple of weeks ago also deer, turkeys, turtles, frogs. A guy about 1.5 miles west of my house used to have 3 BIG cats, sometimes at night they would start to MEOW!!, sent chills up my spine.
I've seen mountain goat with kid, black bear, grouse, deer, bald eagles, hawks, rabbits, porcupine, squirrel, chipmunk and various other critters when out riding. The mountain goat was interesting because I didn't see it until I was about five feet away from it, I got close enough to touch them.
Last year when out riding we were riding down this mountain trail, when to our surprise there was one huge bull standing in the middle of the road. He was stubbern and wouldn't move. This thing was massive. He was kicking his legs and getting ready to charge us. We just kept revving our bikes up, and roosting him, which just pissed him(bull) off more. Finally after a few minutes he moved to one side of the road, and we each booted it past him one person at a time. That was scary, but we all made it past him. This year we were building trails, when my friend heard something big russling around in the bushes. We think it was a bear, but who knows it could've been a couger. I tell you that was the fastest i've ever ran though. We got too far away from our bikes and had to run a km to get back to them, plus we got lost while running back trying to find our bikes in the forest. That aint fun running in MX boots when you got to get the hell out of an area. I hope to see a Grizzly bear one day here because there is lots in this area.:)
In a typical ride for me I see elk, deer, and all sorts of small game like rabbits, grouse, etc. I saw my first cougar while I was riding as it ran across the road right in front of me. Seeing animals is a part of all my rides and something I look forward to.
I've seen lots of deer, a couple of bears, a few coyotes and foxes and loads of rabbits.
My most memorable one was when my ex and I got out to the desert earlier than everyone else and we were sitting round a camp fire on a totally moonless night with heavy cloud cover - very dark. We heard a noise in the darkness, so being a manly man, I thought I'd go see so I grabbed a big stick and my flashlight and wandered off towards the sound.
As soon as I cleared the light from the fire I knew I was out of my element. Like Julius Pleaser I know what it means to have the hair on your neck stand up and a feeling of fight or flee. I immediately got back to the van and inside and didn't come out. Most likely a big cat, probably a bobcat but possibly a mountain lion - either way nothing I wanted to meet on his terms.
Last year a guy hit a deer that wondered onto our mx track. He got hurt pretty bad, was in mid air when it happened! The deer died. This was up at Berthod (VDR) for any of you locals here in denver area.
Up at Walden we were riding last fall and a family of moose were on the trail. They were huge! Then last night I saw part of a cow's a$$ on my plate. :confused:
Last August in Cloudcroft NM we had a group of 14 people riding, including 5 women riding two-up with their mates. One of our fast riders riding solo was about a half mile ahead of the group. He it a deer, killing it. Even though he was in extreme pain, he jumped up and dragged the deer off into the woods before the women got there to see the dead Bambi!!