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Old 06-23-2018, 03:34 PM
 
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If I was out walking and a big Bear or Lion was near by, I think I'd be da*n afraid. I'm sure they could tear me to shreds if they wanted to.

On a smaller level, I don't like cockroaches. They creep me out pretty bad. In Florida, I'd yell for my husband to come get it out of my sight, those flying ones, palmetto bugs. Once in a while one would get in through the fireplace. Big spiders-- not fond of them either.
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Old 06-23-2018, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I would not want to run across this if it was real hungry. Reminds me our commander in chief.


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If I was out walking and a big Bear or Lion was near by, I think I'd be da*n afraid. I'm sure they could tear me to shreds if they wanted to.

On a smaller level, I don't like cockroaches. They creep me out pretty bad. In Florida, I'd yell for my husband to come get it out of my sight, those flying ones, palmetto bugs. Once in a while one would get in through the fireplace. Big spiders-- not fond of them either.

I've had a bear nearby...wasn't as frightened as I thought I'd be....just made noise and he ran off.

Yes palmetto bugs are horrid...so big!
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Laurentia
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Ticks - because of lyme and other new permanently debilitating diseases they can give you.

Bring on the Deet Spray and netted clothing for hiking (nylons under shorts and netted socks, netted jacket with hood if deep woods). I would rather look like a freak/weirdo in the woods to passer-by strangers that have no idea who I am than take a chance with lyme.
Ticks are certainly a reasonable beastie to be cautious of.

I've had Lyme and unfortunately it was back when it was not really well-known, especially in Upstate NY. I never did get the bullseye rash with it so it was not recognized as Lyme for quite a long time. I have lasting damage from it .

I used to go and spend hours in the woods but I am very cautious now and cover up like a nun when I go in there. It seems like ticks are EVERYWHERE now

Picked several off me a week ago

I'm not fond at all of the mutant flying cockroachs in SC ("palmetto bugs") or centipedes but ticks are probably the ones that I actually fear. Palmetto bugs and centipedes have a huge ick factor but ticks can do some real damage with the nasty illnesses they can carry.
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:34 PM
 
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I am afraid of the non native reptiles that I could run into unexpectedly.

I wouldn’t be completely shocked to see a python while hiking down here in South Florida.

Stuff like Nile monitors or bushmasters or black mambas that some fool could have let loose- that scares me.

I’m sure it would be really tough to get antivenin for those two snakes , and it would probably be tough to get someone to believe that’s what bit you if it skeedaddles.
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I am afraid of the non native reptiles that I could run into unexpectedly.

I wouldn’t be completely shocked to see a python while hiking down here in South Florida.

Stuff like Nile monitors or bushmasters or black mambas that some fool could have let loose- that scares me.

I’m sure it would be really tough to get antivenin for those two snakes , and it would probably be tough to get someone to believe that’s what bit you if it skeedaddles.

I'd be afraid of alligators if I were you....
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Old 06-23-2018, 08:10 PM
 
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The ones that would truly terrify me if I encountered them in the wild are packs of spotted hyenas, African/Asiatic wild dogs, and wolves. The reason for this is that they tend to eat their prey alive, which to me is the most horrific way of dying.

I would much rather fall victim to a big cat, where one is likely to be swiftly killed by suffocation. Even a Nile crocodile would be preferable since I would be more likely to die by drowning before being ripped apart. Similarly, with large snakes, suffocation would likely be the primary cause of death.
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Old 06-23-2018, 08:58 PM
 
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black mambas
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Old 06-23-2018, 09:12 PM
 
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Big black carpenter bees, Always been freaked out by them since I was kid; not so much now though. They don't have stingers but they are big and have a loud buzz.
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:31 AM
 
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I'd be afraid of alligators if I were you....
Well yeah, but I’m prepared for them. And cottonmouths, etc.

Hundreds of miles of hiking every year will teach you what to expect from the regular critters.

I’ve never had a bad experience with a feral hog. I do still get a bit queasy when I see one.

I will add coyotes as I have no experience with them and I’ve heard stories. I did have a frightening encounter with a pack of dogs that were wandering around.

I wasn’t hurt, but I unfortunately saw what they did to a stray cat. Realizing there was nothing I could do to help was unbearably heartbreaking.

That pack mentality was something to see.

I’ve seen black bears and cubs several times. The first time was a little odd. Momma stood up on her hind legs and sniffed in my direction, then she and the cubs ran away. She did walk parallel to me for a while before that, maybe a hundred feet away. I was on the trail and she was on an incline. I remember seeing the tops of her paws as she walked. She never even looked at me.

Outside of Florida - yikes. Grizzlies, mountain lions ...

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Old 06-24-2018, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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If I was out walking and a big Bear or Lion was near by, I think I'd be da*n afraid. I'm sure they could tear me to shreds if they wanted to.

On a smaller level, I don't like cockroaches. They creep me out pretty bad. In Florida, I'd yell for my husband to come get it out of my sight, those flying ones, palmetto bugs. Once in a while one would get in through the fireplace. Big spiders-- not fond of them either.
I have read that Palmetto Bugs and Cockroaches are definitely the same insect whether they be in TX, .
LA or FL.................I'm to lazy to look 'em up on Google
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