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Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Diego Sahagún » Mon Oct 13, 2003 1:51 am

One of my hobbies is seeing wild animals so today I've seen some deers bellowing in Monte del Pardo, a Mediterranean forest near my home. We also have seen some bucks (of fallow deer) but the fact of hearing those yells was amazing. After having had a rainy day here in Madrid, Spain, our hike in that reserve has been very satisfactory.
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Re: Wich wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby desainme » Mon Oct 13, 2003 2:07 am

I have seen moose(Euro elk) and bald eagle and those I have pictured as seen on the Katahdin website. Actually the most nervewracking experience with a moose was below North Traveler and I will post some of those pix. Have seen American Elk (Wapiti out west or in Spain Red Deer~Stag.). Out west I saw marmots and in the Tetons a moose blocked the path though not as big as the Traveler Moose we had to wait for it to move on. In the Tetons a mother black bear and here cub tried to get our food at night but they were put off by us starting up an MSR XGK Stove.
A raccoon hoped into my car trunck on Mt. Leconte and tried to get our Kilbasie Sausage one winter's eve. A black bear hit my brother in law's Chevy Corisca while he was driving me in Maine near North Twin Lake. It stove the passenger front door in pretty good.
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Re: Wich wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Misha » Mon Oct 13, 2003 2:10 am

deers, black bears, golden eagles, gazillion marmots/ground squirrels, ptarmigans, coyotes
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Re: Wich wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby mpbro » Mon Oct 13, 2003 2:23 am

The most memorable have been: bobcat, fox at close range, and bull moose at close range.
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Re: Wich wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby miztflip » Mon Oct 13, 2003 2:52 am

Black bear, mountain lion, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, moose, alligators, lots of snakes, llamas, vicunas, elk, whitetail deer, mule deer, fox, beaver, bald eagle, hawks, golden eagle, marmots, weasles and much more.........last but not least, my favorite, the pika
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Re: Wich wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby keema » Mon Oct 13, 2003 2:53 am

About the only thing I haven't seen are badger or mountain lion. Have pretty much seen all the other larger animals (mammal and bird) in the western U.S. The most nerve racking was the wild pig coming toward us, not running but got pretty close before she turned and left. I was getting ready to head up the tree I was next to. Had a black bear eyeing me one time too. Oh yea, I almost stepped on a deer fawn, it then jumped up and ran off. Just about soiled myself.
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Re: Wich wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Brian Jenkins » Mon Oct 13, 2003 2:57 am

Had a cougar scream at me in Canyonlands. Black bear in CA. Pack of wolves in Northern Ontario. Every stinking time I'm out I almost step on a grouse and it scares the crap out of me as they fly up in my face. Almost walked into a mule deer last weekend in the Wallowas. Herd of deer ran through our camp in RMNP. Whales on the Oregon Coast. Wild turkeys on Mt. Thielsen. Rattlesnake near Mt. Hood. Have looked down on top of Golden Eagles soaring at Smith Rock. Lots of moose in Minnesota, coyotes everywhere, goats, etc. About everything in N America except a grizzly. :- )
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Re: Wich wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby keema » Mon Oct 13, 2003 3:06 am

oops. That is wolverine not badger I haven't seen. Brian, did see a grizz in Glacier National Park. Pig bothered me more.
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Re: Wich wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Nelson » Mon Oct 13, 2003 3:25 am

For me the jackpot was not in the mountains, but on a Costa Rican beach, alongside a tropical rainforest at 4:00 in the morning: a jaguar feeding on a hawksbill turtle!

<img width=434 height=316 src="http://home.comcast.net/~nchenkin/Jaguar-sm.jpg">

Here is a <a href="http://www.osaaventura.com/articles/jaguar.htm">story about it</a>, written by our guide. My wife and I are the "middle aged couple".

In the mountains I have seen the usual suspects, plus a lammergier (Himalayan griffon), blue sheep, and snow leopard tracks. But, alas, no leopard.
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Re: Wich wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Scott » Mon Oct 13, 2003 5:39 pm

Monkeys, lions, a tiger, a leapard, buffelo, giraffes, elephants, wildebeast, zebras, bear, baboons, giant anteater, penguins, snakes, monitor lizards, all kinds of lizards, antelopes, yaks, deer, moose.................................
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Re: Wich wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Henning Lege » Wed Oct 15, 2003 9:29 am

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Like nchenkin, the most memorable animal I ever encountered was a Jaguar. It was in Los Katios Nationalpark in nw Colombia, where hopefully the transamerican highway will remain interrupted forever!

Corcovado in Costa Rica indeed is a great place to see wildlife. We encountered a Baird's Tapir with a young on the beach, pretty close to nchenkin's Yaguar place. In the forest, I was nearly run over by a White-bearded Peccary. Best observation in this park, however, was an Ocelot.

Other great mammals in south america were Yagourundi (Tatacoa desert in Colombia), Coati (different places in Costa Rica), the rarely seen Olingo (Monteverde, Costa Rica), Andean Fox (Ecuador) and Tamandua (Santa Rosa, Costa Rica).

In Africa, a close female Chimpanzee (Tai NP in Ivorycoast) was my favourite. I also walked into Elephants, Buffalos, Hippos, Hyenas, and a Green Mamba, but most animals were seen from cars in this continent.

A young Tiger in Royal Chitwan NP of Nepal increased my heartbeat considerably. Other great observations in Asia were Gaur and Rhino (both also Chitwan), Asian Black Bear (Dachigam, India and Kaeng Krachan, Thailand), Bharal (near Thorung La, Nepal), Himalayan Thar (Trecking to Annapurna Base Camp), Marco Polo Sheep (ne Kyrgyzstan this summer), and Orang Utan (Gunung Leuser, Sumatra, and 2 sites on Borneo). However, my all time favourite, Snowleopard, has not yet been seen by my eyes.

Europe, in comparison, is a bit lame, what mammals are concerned. Nonetheless, I appreciated Ibex (all over the alps), Badger (Britain and Germany), Moose (Scandinavia and Poland), and all these Foxes, Martens and Weasels.

As I had admitted before, I am a birdwatcher for a longer time than I was a mountaineer :-)

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Re: Wich wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby LuisCandeias » Wed Oct 15, 2003 9:55 am

All sorts of alpine goats
Lots of marmots in the Pyrenees
In the Chilean Altiplano: Lamas, alpacas, guanacos, vicunas, vizcayas, a coyote, plenty of weird ducks, and a sort of funny long-eared mice.
Recently in the Polish forest one of the last European bison.
But the weirdest of all: kangaroos and ostriches … in the Belgian Ardennes!
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Re: Wich wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby raina » Wed Oct 15, 2003 1:56 pm

himalayas-
wild dogs, himalayan tahr, bharal (blue sheep), marmots, yaks/goats, wild horses, kyang (tibetan wild ass), lammergier.

andes-
alpacas, vicunas, guanacos, llama, andean condor, hummingbirds.

rockies-
fox, moose, deer, bighorn sheep, eagle.
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Re: Wich wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby LuisCandeias » Wed Oct 15, 2003 2:04 pm

Oh, yes. I could I forget the Condor!
Such a majestic bird. It actually flew around us several times while we were on a summit in Chile.
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Re: Wich wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Nelson » Wed Oct 15, 2003 2:16 pm

Henning, Scott: Lucky you to see the tiger. That was another where I saw tracks (very fresh from the night before) but no cat. Scott, was your sighting in Chitwan?

We were camped in tents along the banks of the Rapti River when rhinos walked through the camp, almost taking the tents down. Another forced us up a tree during the 3-hour walk back to our lodge. I have good pictures of him! It was on this walk we saw the tiger tracks.

My scariest moment was when a pack of wild dogs surrounded our camp in South Dakota during a bicycle trip. We were sleeping under an open tarp. A dozen of them entered camp and surrounded the tarp, snarling, growling and spewing saliva, within arms reach. My friend and I had each held a 2-inch pocket knife, shouting, and ready to strike at the throat of the closest one. After 10 tense minutes dawn broke and they finally wanderd off.

I always bring a bird book on any travels. Maybe some day a snow leopard...
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