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Old 04-06-2018, 04:53 AM
 
Location: Maine
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They say that the coyotes of northern New England are coyote-wolf hybrids, which explains their large size and makes them a bit more dangerous.
Some, not all. I live in the woods in northeastern Maine. Most of our coyotes are average size. Now and then there will be one of hybrid size but not often.
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At this time of year, I'm more concerned about the bears than the coyotes. This is the time when bears emerge from hibernation, hungry and often with cubs to protect.
Make a lot of noise. If you're concerned about them near the house, hit the panic button on your vehicle's key fob.

Living deep in the woods with bear, coyote and bobcat on our property, it's the skunks that make me take a second look before going out the door. The predators will run. Skunks leave a long-lasting impression.
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Old 04-06-2018, 04:59 AM
 
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Here is another hint, if you don't want predators hanging around your door, don't feed the birds, don't throw bread out for the birds, don't feed the deer....and above all, don't compost your garbage, b/c all of that draws predators....

Animals will go where it's easy to obtain food, they learn quickly to associate people with food....so...

I will never ever forget this, and Fisheye may remember this...

Where I lived in the Poconos, people moved in from all over the cities...one woman thought it was wonderful to feed a bear...so guess what she does....while her toddler was sitting on the floor, she's open her patio door, placing food on the floor so the bear would walk in and take the food?

At the time, our local bear guy had to go in and kill the bear...why? Because that woman made that bear a danger to everyone.

You may think it's cute to feed wild animals, especially deer, but come hunting season, those same deer get used to man, and get shot quicker....

I once worked with a guy, who said they found a baby deer. Well, the mama leaves the baby laying in a spot while she goes off to feed. then comes back for the baby. So, if you see a baby deer, leave it alone.

so, they raised this baby deer, and the poor thing would walk right up to people. Come hunting season, he fit the deer with an orange vest so no one would shoot it....guess what, someone shot it any way.

No you can blame the hunter, but the real villan here was the family that raised the deer. Common sense.
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Old 04-06-2018, 04:30 PM
Status: "Flush the turd on Nov 3rd" (set 16 days ago)
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Had a nice parralell walk with a bobcat a few weeks ago. And a bull elk.
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Old 04-06-2018, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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WWID? depends on which one I ran into and the context of the encounter as there is no one size fits all reaction.
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Old 04-06-2018, 10:11 PM
 
Location: New York Area
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I ran into a ferocious Golden Retriever yesterday. Did not know what to do.
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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OP back!

I walked that college campus once I think since the encounter, but no coyote that time. I had my walking stick that I had bought. I've seen no other coyotes anywhere else either.

HOWEVER, I finally got a coyote sighting alert not too far from where I live.
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:36 PM
 
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Encountered a coyote late one night taking out the trash. Put the trashcan down, turned around, and it was about 15-20 feet away from me in the road. Stared at it for a few seconds, it stared back, and then I started walking toward it and it immediately ran off. I wasn't going to turn my back on it just in case.....
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Deer, antelope, wild turkey, rattler.... But the "funniest" was a skunk.

I used to walk 50-70 miles per week, usually on specific routes around town that I'd measured to be 5, 7.5 and 10 miles in length, and almost always at night. Most of it was on sidewalks, but there was one stretch, about 2 blocks long, that was just an expanded animal trail through tall native grass, no lighting other than from the moon. That's where I met the skunk -- dark night, tall grass, right at my feet.

The thing is, shortly before that I'd had surgery for a large brain tumor which involved a craniotomy that, unfortunately, left me with no sense of smell. Zero. So here I am, 3-4 miles from home, and I don't know if I've been sprayed or not. I know that when I get home my wife will already be in bed, and I know my dog will be ON the bed. I just don't know if either of them will allow me to enter the bedroom!

Turns out I wasn't sprayed, but I was doing a lot of wondering before I got home.


If this wasn't a thread about TOWN meetings I'd tell my story about meeting a grizzly on a narrow trail.
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Old 04-30-2019, 07:29 PM
 
Location: NW Nevada
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Deer, antelope, wild turkey, rattler.... But the "funniest" was a skunk.

I used to walk 50-70 miles per week, usually on specific routes around town that I'd measured to be 5, 7.5 and 10 miles in length, and almost always at night. Most of it was on sidewalks, but there was one stretch, about 2 blocks long, that was just an expanded animal trail through tall native grass, no lighting other than from the moon. That's where I met the skunk -- dark night, tall grass, right at my feet.

The thing is, shortly before that I'd had surgery for a large brain tumor which involved a craniotomy that, unfortunately, left me with no sense of smell. Zero. So here I am, 3-4 miles from home, and I don't know if I've been sprayed or not. I know that when I get home my wife will already be in bed, and I know my dog will be ON the bed. I just don't know if either of them will allow me to enter the bedroom!

Turns out I wasn't sprayed, but I was doing a lot of wondering before I got home.


If this wasn't a thread about TOWN meetings I'd tell my story about meeting a grizzly on a narrow trail.

A badger was probably my funniest encounter cuz I did a 10 second quarter mile backing up. Because he wasn't backing up. Not one bit. Badgers are kinda....funny that way. Giving ground to any living thing is against their religion. And a full grown badger is not really a small animal. Teeth and claws from nose to tail.
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Old 04-30-2019, 08:04 PM
 
Location: The High Desert
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I cut my morning run short one day when I came across two mating badgers on the side of the road. They were not happy to be disturbed and were getting aggressive. Gees— get a motel room... nobody would dare stop them. I didn’t even know we had them in the area.
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