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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby simonov » Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:26 pm

These guise nearly came right into our camp on US Independence Day this year at Kelly's Camp in the San Gabriel Mountains:

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This one did come into camp:

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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Daria » Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:47 pm

This is the first porcupine I have ever seen in the wilds!!

This was coming down from SPS peak Granite Chief in the Lake Tahoe area a few weeks ago.

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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby radson » Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:46 pm

Last month I stumbled upon some fearsome Tasmanian Wallabies committing unspeakable acts.

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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby lcarreau » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:07 pm

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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Jose Batres » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:30 pm

Any idea what type of climbing gear I need to hike Bora Peak in idaho?
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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Woodswalker » Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:25 pm

I saw a porcupine yesterday (north-central Pennsylvania). I've seen very few during all the years of my outdoor rambles.
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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby Phenom » Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:35 am

This was cool... I ran into a couple of bucks this morning... in the Lone Peak cirque (about 10,200 feet) heading up to the summit. I have never seen deer that high before up there on the routine ascents of Lone Peak. I've seen plenty of mtn goats, but not deer this high up there. With all the smoke inundating northern Utah from all the blazing fires around, seeing these animals made up for it.

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Re: Which wild animals have you seen while hiking?

Postby boyblue » Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:07 am

Found this beautiful creature on the trail yesterday:
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A very hot day for a hike, it was coiled and semi hidden in the early morning shadows. I didn't see it until I was within about 2 feet of it. I looked down just as it was rearing its head back for a strike. My next step would have been within inches of it, but I did a sort of combination of a broad jump, twirl and a 'jitterbug' to move away at the last second. (Not very graceful, I admit. :) ) It immediately turned away and began crawling toward a large opening in the ground above the trail- obviously quite terrified. It appeared to have just eaten (note the plumpness in the middle portion of its body) and was probably out of venom, so I was likely not in any real danger.
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As usual it didn't rattle upon my approach. Kind of frustrating- I'll happily avoid them if they would only rattle. However, I learned recently that rattlesnakes often avoid using their rattle when in areas frequented by humans because humans have been known to kill them upon sight. They seem to feel safer by staying quiet and hoping that their worst enemy (humans) will pass by without detecting them. (D'oh!)
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