Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Least scary wild animal attack ever

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Least scary wild animal attack ever

Old 04-29-19, 01:42 PM
  #1  
livedarklions
Je suis Snap Motomag
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 4,151

Bikes: Trek FX 3; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; "Motobecane" Fantom CX

Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2087 Post(s)
Liked 556 Times in 335 Posts
Least scary wild animal attack ever

Last Saturday morning, I was riding on the Nashua River Rail Trail on a solo century round trip from Nashua to Worcester. It was a bit foggy, so visibility wasn't great. I could see there was some sort of largish critter on the path about a quarter mile ahead of me, and it was approximately skunk shaped so I slowed way down. As I got closer, it turned out to be the largest groundhog I'd ever seen. Since I'm no longer concerned with getting sprayed, I continued on in its direction, but slowly to make sure it didn't get under my wheel, and I said something to it figuring it might scamper off the path (I didn't yell, kind of used my "good doggy" voice). Much to my surprise, it didn't head off in the other direction, but actually turned towards me, made some sort of growly hiss noise, and "charged" at me. Having never been charged by a groundhog, I was not aware of what a slow approach this would be--they are apparently slightly faster than a turtle, but there was no mistaking the change in direction was aimed at "getting" me. I easily avoided hitting it, and then proceeded to crack up laughing--it was almost exactly as I would imagine what being attacked by a rug with teeth would be like.

Anyone else ever been the "victim" of a preposterous wild animal attack? No dog stories please, I've had enough of those threads.

Oh, BTW, I mentioned Worcester because it's really cool riding down Major Taylor Blvd. Otherwise a pretty bad biking city, but I enjoyed Maury's Deli..
livedarklions is online now  
Old 04-29-19, 01:51 PM
  #2  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 22,737
Mentioned: 167 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8826 Post(s)
Liked 510 Times in 316 Posts
I got stared at by a black bear that looked at be at least 500 lbs. I was leaving camp just before dawn in McKean County, PA. He was about 30' away from me. Walked out from between two dumpsters he had recently raided. We looked at each other for about 15 seconds, then I started to back away. Big wuss ambled off in a different direction. What a disappointment. I was expecting him to get all The Revenant on me, or something.

Interestingly, this all took place at a campground abutting F.C.I. McKean, the medium security facility where actor Wesley Snipes did his two years for tax evasion. Former MLB player Denny McLean was also a guest there at one point. IIRC, he got into some sort of financial trouble and committed mail and/or wire fraud.
indyfabz is offline  
Old 04-29-19, 01:59 PM
  #3  
livedarklions
Je suis Snap Motomag
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 4,151

Bikes: Trek FX 3; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; "Motobecane" Fantom CX

Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2087 Post(s)
Liked 556 Times in 335 Posts
Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
I got stared at by a black bear that looked at be at least 500 lbs. I was leaving camp just before dawn in McKean County, PA. He was about 30' away from me. Walked out from between two dumpsters he had recently raided. We looked at each other for about 15 seconds, then I started to back away. Big wuss ambled off in a different direction. What a disappointment. I was expecting him to get all The Revenant on me, or something.

Interestingly, this all took place at a campground abutting F.C.I. McKean, the medium security facility where actor Wesley Snipes did his two years for tax evasion. Former MLB player Denny McLean was also a guest there at one point. IIRC, he got into some sort of financial trouble and committed mail and/or wire fraud.
That's great! Your story is almost precisely the opposite of mine--you get a timid 500 pound bear, I get a ferocious 17 pound groundhog.
livedarklions is online now  
Likes For livedarklions:
Old 04-29-19, 02:01 PM
  #4  
Slightspeed
Senior Member
 
Slightspeed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 1,623

Bikes: 1961 Legnano Gran Premio, 1964 Legnano Roma Olympiade, 1973 Raleigh Super Course, 1978 Raleigh Super Course, 1978 Peugeot PR10, 2002 Specialized Allez, 2007 Specialized Roubaix, 2013 Culprit Croz Blade

Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 515 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 101 Times in 72 Posts
Last weekend I got charged by a Daddy Canada Goose. I was on a bike path and came up on Mom Goose and three little ones on the left, Dad in the middle, and just enough room to squeeze by on the right, with a rocky 45į slope to the water on the right. I slowed down and tried to coast by, when the Daddy Goose charged me, wings out mouth (beak?) open, right at my left leg. I didn't realize how wide their mouth can open - looked like Jaws with feathers! I just got by, and then it went after my riding partner, Mike. We both survived, but every time Mike tells the story Daddy Goose gets bigger and more ferocious. We need to build a wall to keep them in Canada where they belong!😉
Slightspeed is offline  
Old 04-29-19, 02:30 PM
  #5  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 22,737
Mentioned: 167 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8826 Post(s)
Liked 510 Times in 316 Posts
Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
Last weekend I got charged by a Daddy Canada Goose.
If you didn't see chicks they or the nest was probably close by. Saw my first chicks of the year two weekends ago. They can be VERY nasty when defending them. Several years ago a pair made a nest in the low foliage outside my NJ office. They would sometimes attack people coming to work. One day our head of HR had to blocks pecks with his briefcase. The building manager finally got rid of the low foliage. Problem solved.
indyfabz is offline  
Old 04-29-19, 02:44 PM
  #6  
JohnDThompson 
Old fart
 
JohnDThompson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Appleton WI
Posts: 20,457

Bikes: Several, mostly not name brands.

Mentioned: 113 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1728 Post(s)
Liked 79 Times in 56 Posts
I got chased by a pair of Sand Hill cranes. These birds stand about a meter tall and have about a meter and a half wing span. They came at me honking and flapping their wings aggressively. I suspect I must have been close to a nest or their chicks or something.
JohnDThompson is offline  
Old 04-29-19, 08:20 PM
  #7  
jbell_64
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Mitchell IN
Posts: 182

Bikes: Trek fx 7.2, Raleigh Tamland

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 57 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Don't let it fool you, groundhogs can move pretty quickly over short distances. I had one charge during a ride on a rural road once.
jbell_64 is offline  
Old 04-29-19, 09:01 PM
  #8  
woodcraft
Senior Member
 
woodcraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 4,258
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1038 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 41 Times in 25 Posts
Not an attack, but I came across a large snake stretched out straight across the road, at dusk.

Not wanting it to get run over, I stopped & approached. Nudged it with my toe & it awoke with a start!

It had been fast asleep & was not happy but got off the road.



Another time I was charged by a coyote- also at dusk.

I think it was young & it was a half-hearted attack,

but it was enough to make my ankle very nervous.
woodcraft is offline  
Old 04-29-19, 09:09 PM
  #9  
jon c. 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Posts: 3,761
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1002 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 48 Times in 35 Posts
Last year I had a raccoon run alongside sort of barking as if he were a dog.
jon c. is offline  
Likes For jon c.:
Old 04-29-19, 10:17 PM
  #10  
livedarklions
Je suis Snap Motomag
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 4,151

Bikes: Trek FX 3; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; "Motobecane" Fantom CX

Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2087 Post(s)
Liked 556 Times in 335 Posts
Originally Posted by jbell_64 View Post
Don't let it fool you, groundhogs can move pretty quickly over short distances. I had one charge during a ride on a rural road once.
This one couldn't, I suspect judging by her size she was pregnant. This definitely was an attack and not a feint, she just wasn't fast enough to get real close.
livedarklions is online now  
Old 04-29-19, 10:28 PM
  #11  
eja_ bottecchia
Senior Member
 
eja_ bottecchia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 5,375
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 775 Post(s)
Liked 135 Times in 97 Posts
I was riding, alone, around the local backcountry, when I came upon a vulture protectively guarding some road kill. At first I thought nothing of it. I often come across crows dining on road kill and they just let me pass.

As I approached the dining site, the vulture took off and I thought this was the end of the encounter.

I was wrong.

All of the sudden the vulture dive-bombed me, getting close enough that I could smell its foul breath.

It made a close pass at me, climbed and then dive-bombed me a second time.

I am not normally frightened by wildlife (unless it is a mountain lion). But this was a certifiable pucker-up moment.

Man that is one big bird.

Thankfully for me its only apparent intent was to frighten me away from its meal...which I was gladly to oblige.
eja_ bottecchia is offline  
Likes For eja_ bottecchia:
Old 04-29-19, 10:35 PM
  #12  
wipekitty
vespertine member
 
wipekitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: from sea to shining sea!
Posts: 2,116

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 573 Post(s)
Liked 75 Times in 56 Posts
I seem to have bad luck with flying things. Once I was truckin' through the MUP around dusk with a trailer full of crap from the Home Depot and a bat clocked me in the chest. Fortunately, no bites, so no rabies shot. I also got clocked by a bird on a local descent (fortunately, not that fast.)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I tend to attract cats on my rides. In a few cases I've stopped places out in the country, and random barn cats have appeared. I tell myself that it's because I ride a lot in the late evening, not because I'm a crazy cat person!
wipekitty is offline  
Likes For wipekitty:
Old 04-29-19, 10:46 PM
  #13  
livedarklions
Je suis Snap Motomag
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 4,151

Bikes: Trek FX 3; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; "Motobecane" Fantom CX

Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2087 Post(s)
Liked 556 Times in 335 Posts
Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
I seem to have bad luck with flying things. Once I was truckin' through the MUP around dusk with a trailer full of crap from the Home Depot and a bat clocked me in the chest. Fortunately, no bites, so no rabies shot. I also got clocked by a bird on a local descent (fortunately, not that fast.)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I tend to attract cats on my rides. In a few cases I've stopped places out in the country, and random barn cats have appeared. I tell myself that it's because I ride a lot in the late evening, not because I'm a crazy cat person!
Maybe the cats are attracted because your bike smells like bird and bat.
livedarklions is online now  
Likes For livedarklions:
Old 04-29-19, 10:47 PM
  #14  
CliffordK
Senior Member
 
CliffordK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Posts: 22,528
Mentioned: 172 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8714 Post(s)
Liked 103 Times in 93 Posts
The big question is whether the thing saw it's shadow.
CliffordK is offline  
Old 04-29-19, 11:09 PM
  #15  
canklecat
Me duelen las nalgas
 
canklecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Texas
Posts: 9,271

Bikes: Centurion Ironman, Trek 5900, Univega Via Carisma, Globe Carmel

Mentioned: 162 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2848 Post(s)
Liked 187 Times in 148 Posts
This thing. Good sized crawfish in the middle of the MUP. Fortunately my friend and I had just eaten so I moved the mudbug off the trail and closer to the river.
Grumpy mudbug, last month.
canklecat is offline  
Old 04-29-19, 11:23 PM
  #16  
Brad L
Member
 
Brad L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Southeast TX
Posts: 48

Bikes: 1960 Fiorelli, 1969 Colnago Super, 1983 Gitane Interclub, 1990 Specialized Sirrus, 1996 Litespeed Catalyst, 2001 Colnago Dream B-Stay, 2007 Trek 1000 SL

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Turkeys. It was just before Thanksgiving, so I thought they may have been making a run for it.

Brad L is offline  
Likes For Brad L:
Old 04-30-19, 04:54 AM
  #17  
Jno
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 32
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I know this story is outside the scope of the OPís request but I ask for some latitude: I was walking my 80 lb hunting dog (She looks, but isnít, menacing; we donít hunt). She was just doing her thing, wandering and sniffing, and she got attacked by a momma deer. The deer reared up on her back legs and tried to stave in the dogís ribs with her front legs. My dog was stunned and just ambled off, basically unharmed, but that was the mildest animal that Iíve seen attack.
Jno is offline  
Old 04-30-19, 05:14 AM
  #18  
Dan Burkhart 
Senior member
 
Dan Burkhart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Oakville Ontario
Posts: 7,286
Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 548 Post(s)
Liked 24 Times in 21 Posts
Last year, I was riding on a rural road following a friend when I saw him get dive bombed by a redwing blackbird. The bird veered off, and I was having a good laugh, when suddenly, I felt a sharp rap on my helmet. He got me too. did not see him coming.
We have lots of coyotes around here, and I have had several close encounters, none of them threatening. One time, I was riding up a residential street when I saw a coyote up ahead about to cross the street. After he crossed in front of me, he stopped on the curb, turned and watched me ride by. It was almost like he was looking at my bike and thinking, I want one of those.
Dan Burkhart is offline  
Old 04-30-19, 05:20 AM
  #19  
livedarklions
Je suis Snap Motomag
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 4,151

Bikes: Trek FX 3; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; "Motobecane" Fantom CX

Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2087 Post(s)
Liked 556 Times in 335 Posts
Originally Posted by Brad L View Post
Turkeys. It was just before Thanksgiving, so I thought they may have been making a run for it.

I wasn't attacked, but I had a funny encounter with a flock of wild turkeys last year. They came out of the woods onto a busy multi-lane state road with about a 45 mph speed limit, and the big tom at the head of the line started leading them across the breakdown lane about 1/4 mile ahead of me. I didn't fancy riding through this flock so I just started yelling any scary noise I could think up. Whatever I did worked amazingly well. The tom did a 180 and the flock all ran back into the woods. They wouldn't have done well on that road.
livedarklions is online now  
Likes For livedarklions:
Old 04-30-19, 05:29 AM
  #20  
bikemig 
Senior Member
 
bikemig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Middle Earth (aka IA)
Posts: 15,300

Bikes: A bunch of old bikes and a few new ones

Mentioned: 110 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3691 Post(s)
Liked 123 Times in 100 Posts
I had a duck take me down once when riding a bike. The thing must have been in tall grass next to the MUP. It spooked and flew right into my rear wheel. It took me down hard. My front wheel was bent up and I had to take the duck feathers out of my rear derailleur before I could get it working again. I was pretty mad actually, lol.
bikemig is offline  
Old 04-30-19, 05:32 AM
  #21  
bakerjw
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: NE Tennessee
Posts: 839

Bikes: Giant TCR/Surly Karate Monkey/Foundry FireTower/Curtlo Tandem

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 141 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 45 Posts
July 13th 2018, myself, my son and a coworker were 70 miles into the day climbing Cabin Pass in British Columbia. It had been a dry, dusty and very windy day. As we were about at the crest of the pass, the wind was gusting pretty well. Our coworker, Jeff, was ahead of me by about 10 feet with my son to my right. All of the sudden, a full grown mountain lion jumped up out of a large clump of grass about 10 feet ahead of Jeff.
That was a true WTF moment. To surprise a big cat like that was something to see. Made the trip worth it.
bakerjw is offline  
Old 04-30-19, 07:47 AM
  #22  
livedarklions
Je suis Snap Motomag
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 4,151

Bikes: Trek FX 3; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; "Motobecane" Fantom CX

Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2087 Post(s)
Liked 556 Times in 335 Posts
Originally Posted by bakerjw View Post
July 13th 2018, myself, my son and a coworker were 70 miles into the day climbing Cabin Pass in British Columbia. It had been a dry, dusty and very windy day. As we were about at the crest of the pass, the wind was gusting pretty well. Our coworker, Jeff, was ahead of me by about 10 feet with my son to my right. All of the sudden, a full grown mountain lion jumped up out of a large clump of grass about 10 feet ahead of Jeff.
That was a true WTF moment. To surprise a big cat like that was something to see. Made the trip worth it.
Definitely wouldn't qualify as "least scary", but great experience to ride away from. Some don't.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...shington-state
livedarklions is online now  
Old 05-03-19, 01:24 PM
  #23  
freeranger
Senior Member
 
freeranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 1,206

Bikes: 06 Lemond Reno, 96 GT Timberline mtn.bike

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 42 Post(s)
Liked 26 Times in 18 Posts
Some 25-30 years ago, my wife and I were riding along the C&O Canal trail. Some kind of very small snake decided to try to chase her, It would raise it's head up occasionally on her drive side, near the pedal, but was too small to reach. It eventually gave up. Still get a laugh out of it. Not an attack, but was cool, was also along the C&O Canal trail, where there was still some water in the canal, we had a crane (maybe it was a heron?) ride over the canal, right across from us on the trail, for around a mile or so.
freeranger is offline  
Likes For freeranger:
Old 05-03-19, 01:39 PM
  #24  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 22,737
Mentioned: 167 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8826 Post(s)
Liked 510 Times in 316 Posts
Originally Posted by Brad L View Post
Turkeys.
Start of Dobson Pass in Idaho. Why did the turkeys cross the road?

indyfabz is offline  
Old 05-03-19, 01:40 PM
  #25  
t_e_r_r_y
Senior Member
 
t_e_r_r_y's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: oregon coast
Posts: 192
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 63 Post(s)
Liked 37 Times in 24 Posts
riding the burke gilman in seattle, i once had a squirrel run out and pace my front wheel. i knew what he was up to and i kept yelling "don't do it!" but he went and tried jumping through my wheel anyway. twice. luckily both times he was deflected off the spokes and not sucked into them. i stopped as fast as i could, and so did he - he just stood and stared at me for a second, even after i yelled "what are you doing?!" at him. finally went into the bushes.

around that time a woman came jogging around the corner and gave me a strange look, probably wondering who i was yelling at.
t_e_r_r_y is online now  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.