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Postby Gator » Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:03 pm

2 weeks climbing and hiking in the Tetons I saw:
Griz, black bear, deer, pronghorn, elk, moose, osprey, golden eagle, marmotts, pikas, bever, bison, Chip and Dale, AND I saw a timber wolf in Yellowstone!
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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Cy Kaicener » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:20 pm

More cougar sightings in the San Gabriels
http://www.cougarmagic.com
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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby NW » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:29 pm

This summer climbing- garter snake, toads, wood cock (which everyone walked by first then when I almost stepped on it it took off and nearly gave me a heart attack), squirrels and their like, not to mention probably 100 deer and other birds I can't id.
other areas we've been in the middle of a herd of caribou, had a squirrel get in our car after some marshmallows, chipmunks that sat with us begging for food, numerous birds and fish.
Growing up I lived in the woods outside of town though so bear, moose, deer, foxes, coyotes, rabbits, hawks, eagles and the usual other assortment were all very common. Not to mention the lynx which I never saw but my grandfather found staring down at him from a tree once....creepy. One morning when I was in elementary school a mother black bear and her cubs crossed the road maybe 60 feet away while I was waiting for the bus. Freaked me out! And I discovered an eagles nest (bald eagle) close by my house this summer. It was on private property so I couldn't get to close but they had their young there and you could hear them. The nest was the biggest eagles nest I've ever seen. I swear it's the size of a compact car sitting up in the tree.The picture really is bad (we had been out hanging hammocks in trees and I forgot to change the exposure settings on the camera) but you can see both parents. An d then there's this paper wasp nest we found. It was literally the size of a beach ball and just full of wasps.

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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby ash80 » Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:38 am

Not much really, mainly elk, coyote once or twice, but seen plenty of wild animals in Africa in game reserves while driving. Most incredible thing ever experienced
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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Diego Sahagún » Tue May 03, 2011 11:35 am

Yesterday while walking on Monte del Pardo I saw a quick big wild boar's image while it went away through the forest. Then it emited a loud noise
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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Cy Kaicener » Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:41 pm

Scientists capture rare video of elusive African Cat
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/29/sc ... rican-cat/

http://www.cougarmagic.com -- Cougarmagic -- Californias San Gabriel Mountains -- Updated
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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Alpinist » Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:18 pm

We had 4 black bears visit our camp after dark at Garnet Lake 2 weeks ago in the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area (Sierra).

We heard that a bear had "trashed" another camp just a few days before. Thus, five of us tried to chase the mama bear away - but she just wouldn't leave. Normally a black bear will run away when you make noise. Not this one. She'd walk 50 feet, then just turn around and "wait". If we retreated, she'd come back. We finally chased her about 200 yards from our camp but she still came back. We then realized that there were 2 cubs in a tree above our campsite!

Once we saw that we gave her a lot of space. She came back, collected her cubs, and went on her way. Sometime during this 3 hour ordeal, a cinnamon colored adolescent bear came to see what was going on. He took one look at the mama bear and didn't stay long though.

There's a good lesson here. In the future, I'll take a closer look at the trees if/when we chase off a bear. We're lucky the mother wasn't more aggressive towards us in protecting her cubs. I suppose if we started going up the tree, she would have been.

No doubt the mother was teaching her cubs how to score an easy meal from some campers. Fortunately, they never learned that lesson. Our food was stored in bear cannisters so they wouldn't have gotten it anyway, but hopefully the frightening experience will deter the cubs from trying it when they grow up.
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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby TimB » Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:52 pm

I saw 4 mountain goats in the Pioneer range(Idaho) this last weekend. They were only 150 yards from my tent!
First time I have ever seen 'em in the wild.
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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby The Chief » Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:10 pm

Encountered this family of five rare Sierra Bighorns yesterday while on a local route recon walk about...
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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby MoapaPk » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:08 pm

Mountain goats in Tushars of Utah a few weeks back. (Click for larger image.)
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Strictly speaking, these aren't "wild," as they were reintroduced. Six individuals were released some years back; now there are several herds, totaling about 200 individuals.

Unfortunately, just before I crested the ridge where one normally sees a herd, two hunters had just shot and killed one animal (Utah raffles off 4-5 tags a year for goat hunting). The herd had then "run" south to the east side of the range, and about 2 miles south of the kill site, to a place where where the animals could quickly drop onto the crags and avoid the hunters. After the goats saw me, they ambled over to the crags.
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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Diego Sahagún » Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:25 pm

Yesterday we watched a big and beautiful fog near Loma Mediana, Sierra de Ayllón, Sistema Central. It was going to drink in Río Jarama but when saw us ran up through the oakwood again. It was so fast that I couldn't take a pic
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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Marcsoltan » Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:32 pm

Alpinist wrote:No doubt the mother was teaching her cubs how to score an easy meal from some campers. Fortunately, they never learned that lesson. Our food was stored in bear cannisters so they wouldn't have gotten it anyway, but hopefully the frightening experience will deter the cubs from trying it when they grow up.


Last year I did the stupidest thing you would expect a grown man do. My wife and I were driving down the road in Yosemite Valley. She told me that there was a bear cub in the bushes next to the road. I made a U-turn, stopped and got my camera to take a photo. By the time I got my camera out the cub was gone. I started walking in the direction she showed me, but no cub. I walked further then I saw a mama bear and the cub running away from me about a hundred yards away. They disappeared into the forest. That's when I realized that I could've been attacked by the mama bear protecting her cub. The mama bear was teaching her cub to run away from people. Go figure, the bear was smarter than a grown human with many years of experience in the wilderness.
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