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Animal Collisions, Near-Collisions, and Accidents?

Old 02-15-19, 06:00 PM
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Animal Collisions, Near-Collisions, and Accidents?

Have you ever hit an animal or had close calls? If so please feel free to share what happened.

I know of a couple of guys who were permanently injured (paralyzed) from collisions with animals. Any ideas on how best to minimize the chances of accidents and injuries involving animals on the roads?

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I've come close to a couple of squirrels...I think the key to missing them is to hold your course and speed and let them figure our how to avoid you. If you swerve I think you might hit 'em.

Also a few kamikaze Cardinals...they like to fly down right in front of you.
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Monkeys, in a National Park in Thailand. Did not hit any, mostly because the park is well signed, so was expecting them. Rounded a blind corner and there they were.
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In my area it’s rabbitts. There are dozens and dozens of them in every neighborhood. Some of them have a death wish or are at least speed junkies. About every other ride one of them will dart out and race me for a ways sometimes right in front of my front wheel. There have been several very close calls, but they always seem to change direction and bail out at the last possible moment.

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I’ve had vultures and hawks buzz me. I’ve also had the proverbial squirrels trying to leap through my front wheel.

The scariest encounter, however, was when a family of deers decided to cross the road as I was bombing down GMR. They were moving slowly, while staring at the crazy human wearing Lycra and screaming like a banshee.

It was a truly pucker up moment. Luckily they moved left and I moved right.

I hate to think what would have happened if I had hit one of them at full speed.

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Had a snake take offense to me going behind him on a bike path. It wheeled around and struck, fortunately for me I was moving fast enough or he started late enough to miss.
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Cats, they have the worst timing.

I spooked one so bad that it got run over by a taxi in the opposite direction, poor thing limped away on three legs, still feel guilty about that.
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I had a big fat groundhog charge at me once. I was so shocked and laughing so hard that i dang near hit it.
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More than I can count or remember. Goes with the territory when riding in rural areas.

Between dogs, deer, possums, armadillos, skunks and other critters, it's almost safer riding in traffic.
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I'm seeing a trend here...it's dangerous to ride in Texas.
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I’d much rather take my chances with animals in rural areas than with ANIMALS behind steering wheels in urban areas...

Closest encounters for me:
1) black bear in Colorado (not really a close call as he was just a bit ahead of me on a trail).
2) yuuuge kamikaze red squirrels (also in Colorado). They do their kung/fu dance before darting for your front wheel.
3) road crossing bucks (Upstate NY) on my early morning commute; they’re like, everywhere.
4) truck-driving hillbillies (Florida); just when you think you’re safe another one pops up on the road behind you...
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I have hit or hit by:
2 Dogs
countless geese. they are super think on the local trail about 6 weeks every year
1 rabbit
2 humans (one on foot, one on bike)
and one toyota

Been close but not hit:
chimpmunks
Squirrel
pheasant
wild turkey
deer
cows
turtles (probably my fault not the turtle)

my proudest was when I had a encounter with a bison.....I wasn't anyplace close to hitting it but it scared me a bit.
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Just missed seeing a buddy run over a squirrel on a crazy fast, twisting descent. I came out of a turn behind him and saw the NSFW aftermath...

He doesn’t know if he ran it over with his front and rear wheel or just rear wheel. I would’ve guessed he’d have done an endo if it got stuck in his fork, but he gracefully and luckily continued descending completely unimpeded. Phew.
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Bitten by my immediate neighbors' dog while riding back from walking another elderly neighbor's dog! The folks next door have a wireless dog contraption that doesn't work when collar batteries are dead or transmitter fails. My wife also got bitten by another of their dogs badly, with calf muscle showing and bloody everything. The dog totally removed a piece of her leg when it bit her. The wound was really nasty, required stitches and a $1000 bill paid out of pocket. Two years later my physical scar has faded, but my wife will have her scar probably for life.

Folks, do me a favor and please don't rely on wireless systems to contain aggressive, untrained dogs.

The offending neighbors' dogs bark at anything that moves and then get hurt by the system as they charge. There's an audible difference when their barking turns to a sharp yelp and then the dogs shake their heads. To recall the dogs the same neighbors often resort to using firecrackers to scare them back indoors. Now they have a third dog and so far it's actually a pretty mellow dog so I guess things are improving or at least I hope so. The people aren't mean, just dumb, lazy, irresponsible pet owners and now they're scared of me. Rightfully so, because if we or any of our family get bit again it would be the third offense and I'm not sure how cool I'm going to be to them.

It's very rural here and we often encounter loose dogs. Some dogs are really nice, some are just vocal, but a few are mean and their owners are to blame. We often carry dog mace velcro-strapped to our bars, but haven't had to use it on any dogs (or owners) yet. I suppose I should probably start toting a mouse gun? Irresponsible dog owners suck and are more a nuisance than any wild animal I've ever come across on the road or in the woods.

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So, aggressive dogs, mean/bad drivers, a growling raccoon, a few speed-bump squirrels/snakes, some deer and insects are about all I've encountered. I try to just avoid them all, but things happen. My worst injury/accident actually occurred when I hit a patch of ice on a curve and slammed on my side. It took a few years for my knee to fully recover from that spill. Watch out for wild ice.
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The day I bought my first Cervelo, I rode through a park and a bird flew into my face. I didn't realize what happened until it was over.
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Originally Posted by Bikesplendor View Post
Have you ever hit an animal or had close calls? If so please feel free to share what happened.

I know of a couple of guys who were permanently injured (paralyzed) from collisions with animals. Any ideas on how best to minimize the chances of accidents and injuries involving animals on the roads?
Sometimes you just roll the dice and take your chances.
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Originally Posted by sdmc530 View Post
I have hit or hit by:
2 Dogs
countless geese. they are super think on the local trail about 6 weeks every year
1 rabbit
2 humans (one on foot, one on bike)
and one toyota

Been close but not hit:
chimpmunks
Squirrel
pheasant
wild turkey
deer
cows
turtles (probably my fault not the turtle)

my proudest was when I had a encounter with a bison.....I wasn't anyplace close to hitting it but it scared me a bit.
I have seen wild bison in Catalina Island. Ornery, short tempered and hella fast.
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Dog, about this time last year. Separated A/C joint, jacked up thumb, bruiseed lung,etc... No avoiding he came right out into my front wheel from hiding.
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post


I have seen wild bison in Catalina Island. Ornery, short tempered and hella fast.

yep. We saw a big male on the road about 1/8 mile ahead of us and just waited for him to do his thing. He moved on then we tode past carefully. I didn’t want to mess with hm.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
Dog, about this time last year. Separated A/C joint, jacked up thumb, bruiseed lung,etc... No avoiding he came right out into my front wheel from hiding.
How was the dog? That’s a serious question, by the way, I hope yourself you made a full recovery. These things can’t be avoided.

Not with the bike, but I wiped out a kangaroo once, jumped in front of me. The worst thing was it was at dusk,which is the time kangaroos are most active, and I had decided not to stop as the next motel/petrol station was only 100 km away.
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Originally Posted by avole View Post

How was the dog? That’s a serious question, by the way, I hope yourself you made a full recovery. These things can’t be avoided.

Not with the bike, but I wiped out a kangaroo once, jumped in front of me. The worst thing was it was at dusk,which is the time kangaroos are most active, and I had decided not to stop as the next motel/petrol station was only 100 km away.
The dog??? To this day I don't know nor do I care. I still have lingering effects and pain from the accident and could really care less how that dog is.
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post


I have seen wild bison in Catalina Island. Ornery, short tempered and hella fast.
Had no idea there were, are bison Catalina Island until reading this. It appears they are only 45% true bison. Introduced then cross-bred with domestic cattle. They certainly maintained their appearance. Came across this;


https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...and/353976002/
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