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Old 10-01-2017, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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And you live in Arizona? Guess you don't venture out much in the desert???

How about the Gila? Have you seen one in the wild???

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About 5 yrs ago in the winter time I was down in Sedona, Az for a little break from our winter weather here in western Montana.
I greed to meet a friend of mine at a resort type motel on the south edge of Tucson that had a very good restaurant . After lunch we were sitting out by the pool having a drink, about 4 to 5 feet away from the brick and mosaic wall that was about 6 feet tall and surrounded the entire pool area. My back was to the wall and my friend was seated facing me about 5 feet away.
At one point I was told to get up "very slowly" from my chaise lounge and move away from the wall.

As I got up, I glanced over my right shoulder and realized a Gila Monster was lying there about 5 feet from my head on top of the wall!!!!!!!!
It was about 14 to 16 inches long was kinda pinkish/Brown in color and was flicking his tongue in and out!!!!
Needless to say, we went inside and told the mgr.............he was very apologetic and "gifted our lunch and drinks" to offset our inconvenience.
As much time as I have spent quail hunting and exercising my dog in the AZ desert country, I have never seen one.
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Old 10-01-2017, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Scary...but cool...


Never spoken with anyone who has seen one.

Glad it wasn't full grown...



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About 5 yrs ago in the winter time I was down in Sedona, Az for a little break from our winter weather here in western Montana.
I greed to meet a friend of mine at a resort type motel on the south edge of Tucson that had a very good restaurant . After lunch we were sitting out by the pool having a drink, about 4 to 5 feet away from the brick and mosaic wall that was about 6 feet tall and surrounded the entire pool area. My back was to the wall and my friend was seated facing me about 5 feet away.
At one point I was told to get up "very slowly" from my chaise lounge and move away from the wall.

As I got up, I glanced over my right shoulder and realized a Gila Monster was lying there about 5 feet from my head on top of the wall!!!!!!!!
It was about 14 to 16 inches long was kinda pinkish/Brown in color and was flicking his tongue in and out!!!!
Needless to say, we went inside and told the mgr.............he was very apologetic and "gifted our lunch and drinks" to offset our inconvenience.
As much time as I have spent quail hunting and exercising my dog in the AZ desert country, I have never seen one.
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Old 10-01-2017, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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BTW...what wildlife do you see in MT????


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About 5 yrs ago in the winter time I was down in Sedona, Az for a little break from our winter weather here in western Montana.
I greed to meet a friend of mine at a resort type motel on the south edge of Tucson that had a very good restaurant . After lunch we were sitting out by the pool having a drink, about 4 to 5 feet away from the brick and mosaic wall that was about 6 feet tall and surrounded the entire pool area. My back was to the wall and my friend was seated facing me about 5 feet away.
At one point I was told to get up "very slowly" from my chaise lounge and move away from the wall.

As I got up, I glanced over my right shoulder and realized a Gila Monster was lying there about 5 feet from my head on top of the wall!!!!!!!!
It was about 14 to 16 inches long was kinda pinkish/Brown in color and was flicking his tongue in and out!!!!
Needless to say, we went inside and told the mgr.............he was very apologetic and "gifted our lunch and drinks" to offset our inconvenience.
As much time as I have spent quail hunting and exercising my dog in the AZ desert country, I have never seen one.
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Old 10-02-2017, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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BTW...what wildlife do you see in MT????
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I sometimes hesitate to list the wildlife that I have seen inside the fenced 14 acres that I have lived on for almost 40 years because some folks cannot believe the numbers and variety that I truly have repeatedly seen mostly within 200 yards or much closer from my windows and deck. I sense that you are truly interested, so I will honestly list them for you.
I should first give you some background info that will partially explain why I am so fortunate to see this variety.
These 14 acres that I bought in 1976, fenced with smooth wire in 1979 and built my house in 1980, are on a 40 foot wide creek and are 5 miles from the closest town of 946 people and 46 miles from Missoula.
The closest neighbor (now) is approx 1/3 mile away through the woods and cannot be seen. When I built my home in 1980, closest neighbor was 2 miles away. I do not let my dog run free.... when out side alone he is in his 12 x 24 foot cyclone fenced dog run.
The 14 acres are approx 70% various Pine trees and Larch,, brush, alder, various Berry Bushes and aspen and 30 % wild field grass.

Animals:.....White tail and Mule Deer, Elk, Moose, Black Bear, Wolf, Coyote, Fox, Badger,, Porcupine, Skunk, Marmot, Ground squirrel, pine squirrel, chipmunk and River Otter a few times in the creek. The ones I see every day are the Deer, squirrel and chipmunks.........the most infrequent are: wolf, Moose and black bear, the rest can be every week, or every month.........depends on the season and the weather...........On the way out to my mail box 1.5 miles out at the county road, I do frequently see Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Sand Hill Cranes and Turkey Buzzards and severel species of Hawks.
Birds:.......i have never bothered to list the various species of birds..........but at least 5 specie of woodpeckers including the Pileated, 4 specie of Owls including great grey and great horned, and probably 30 specie of "song birds".
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Upland Game Birds:......pheasant, quail, doves, grouse, huns, wild turkeys(which are a real pest), wild duck and geese.

Now bear in mind,: .....all of the above I have seen INSIDE the fencing of my 14 acres.........they are not hunted or disturbed and have abundant wild food and water and safety..........I do not provide any food of any type for any of the wildlife!!!!!!

Being in my 86th year, I get a great deal of enjoyment from all my "Wild Friends"!!
I am a "lucky guy"!!!
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Old 10-02-2017, 11:30 AM
 
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I haven't read this entire thread so I may not be the first to post this, but I am most afraid of human animals.


They seem to me to be the most unpredictable.
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Old 10-02-2017, 02:10 PM
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Wasps and bees: I hate these things with a passion.
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Old 10-02-2017, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Feral hogs and bees. The hogs in South Texas can exceed 500lbs pretty easy. They're known for cutting the legs out from under folks. Once you're down on the ground, dinner is served and you are it. Bees killed my father when I was at a young age. They generally don't bother me but they didn't bother him until one day.... Now we have the imported killer bees here. They quit stinging when you quit breathing forever. It's not my idea of an ideal death.
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Old 10-02-2017, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Oh sorry to hear...goodness, what kind of bee did this?

500 lbs???? Hope I never see one




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Feral hogs and bees. The hogs in South Texas can exceed 500lbs pretty easy. They're known for cutting the legs out from under folks. Once you're down on the ground, dinner is served and you are it. Bees killed my father when I was at a young age. They generally don't bother me but they didn't bother him until one day.... Now we have the imported killer bees here. They quit stinging when you quit breathing forever. It's not my idea of an ideal death.

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Old 10-03-2017, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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WHAT do I do if a male wild boar comes at me???

DON'T run, like with bears or what? Just learned they are in my area, supposedly...and I live in a wooded area.

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Old 10-04-2017, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Texas
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WHAT do I do if a male wild boar comes at me???
You can't out run one. They can go from zero to thirty in 2 steps. Incredibly quick for their size. Stand your ground and if you 're walking, take a good strong walking stick. You can hold one off with just a stick. Done it too many times. Hogs are basically blind but they can hear and smell real good. Capitalize on their weakness. They won't go after anything they can't see. Their sight is limited to just a few feet. If a hog comes your way, escort him around you with the stick by pushing on him. But don't move your legs or feet. If he comes at you with his mouth wide open, use the stick to push it down his throat like a spear. But whatever you do, do not run, stand your ground or expect to be lunch. Most often, they'll take a run in your direction looking for something to move/run. Then they run back into the brush.
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