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my mom saw a mountain lion on the road about a half mile to three quarters a mile past the cattle grate this morning. She said it looked as big as a retriever, and it was standing on the road when she turned the corner. There was another man on the other side of the mountain lion, and they both saw it. The lion crossed the road down to the creek on the other side. scary stuff.
 

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There are so many mountain lions here, it's not worth a forum post. I see at least one every two years.
 

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Their divorce lawyers, however, tend to be masters of evisceration.
At least it's the lawyers that are the masters of evisceration. I would never want to be labelled as a master of evisceration. That would be pretty embarassing. Just ask the Earthpig.
 

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Visicypher said:
definitely a lot of cougars...
I'll second that observation about the cougar population in Boise. I've had my own personal experiences with the Boise cougars. They tend to roam the foothills in packs, usually preying on ususpecting male riders. Just so we're clear, I'm referring to "cougars" of the female human sort, not of the feline variety, of course.

And Twisted, I think you meant "emasculation."
 

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in all seriousness, if you have deer you have mountain lions. they go hand in hand. you usually see the deer and don't see the lions but they are there. Nothing to be worried about they where always there.
 

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I saw a couple of wolves in my headlamp beam on the Bogus skate ski trails last night. How b!tchin is that, to have these Marty Stauffer moments? It's one of the joys of living in the intermountain west. I was hpoing they'd take out some of those lycra warrior racer boy puffers that were getting their pacelines on.

If you haven't seen mountain lions or wolves on your local rides, then you don't spend enough time on your bike.
 

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TwistedCrank said:
If you haven't seen mountain lions or wolves on your local rides, then you don't spend enough time on your bike.
Mountain lions are occasionally spotted near the trails around Poky, and I've heard of one person who claimed to have seen a wolf near Scout Mountain, but neither is common.

I did ride right by a moose last spring, only the second one I've seen up close. They are ironically majestic animals for such awkward-looking beasts.
 

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I saw a couple of wolves in my headlamp beam on the Bogus skate ski trails last night. How b!tchin is that, to have these Marty Stauffer moments? It's one of the joys of living in the intermountain west. I was hpoing they'd take out some of those lycra warrior racer boy puffers that were getting their pacelines on.

If you haven't seen mountain lions or wolves on your local rides, then you don't spend enough time on your bike.
sorry for the post to inform people on a popular road where a lot of people go running by themselves or with their dogs.:rolleyes:
 

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mzinn - Cougars, the animal kind, have been spotted on the Greenbelt, in Military Reserve, Upper Hulls Gulch, etc. I've even chased a handful of deer down Warm Springs Rd on my bike and seen foxes and coyotes in Ann Morrison.

hd - you are lucky in that you only have 2 moose sitings under your belt. for a while this past summer, I had moose encounters every ride. if it wasn't a moose, it was a bear. I still remember when All Talk watch as a cougar tried to take a fawn by where he was parking.

As TC and Tim elude to and anyone who has rode in the interior of BC, it is mountain biking...watch out for the animals.
 

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Visicypher said:
you are lucky in that you only have 2 moose sitings under your belt. for a while this past summer, I had moose encounters every ride. if it wasn't a moose, it was a bear. I still remember when All Talk watch as a cougar tried to take a fawn by where he was parking.
I've seen several from a distance, but only two up close. And I see moose scat all the time when I'm cross-country skiing or riding. Strange stuff. Looks like Milk Duds. If you tell me it tastes like Milk Duds, I will take your word for it. :D
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As TC and Tim elude to and anyone who has rode in the interior of BC, it is mountain biking...watch out for the animals.
BC as in some place near Boise and not British Columbia? Odd that bears are still a common sight around Boise. Are these black bears?
 

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LOL. hd, you were correct the first time in assuming British Columbia. Bears still do exist in the Stack Rock and Dry Creek areas. However, in Coeur d'Alene (where I call home now), I think there are more bears and critters running around. In the Kootenays in British Columbia, grizz, cougar, and moose are the critters I look out for when doing big backcountry rides.

As for the moose, the little guy I used to see all the time...and I got to see way too often up close. The big bull....well, I didn't like seeing him up close...but I did at least on one occasion. I was lucky. The encounter scared the crap out of both of us, and he ran off. He was a big boy...and I am glad he ran off. A black bear cut a ride my son and I were doing short.

As for the Milk Duds, I can't verify that for you. I have heard grizz crap smells like peppers.... :)
 

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Visicypher said:
LOL. hd, you were correct the first time in assuming British Columbia.
Gotcha. I remember watching a documentary about animal attacks a couple of years ago that stated cougar attacks on humans are more prevalent on Vancouver Island than anywhere else on the continent.

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As for the moose, the little guy I used to see all the time...and I got to see way too often up close. The big bull....well, I didn't like seeing him up close...but I did at least on one occasion. I was lucky. The encounter scared the crap out of both of us, and he ran off. He was a big boy...and I am glad he ran off. A black bear cut a ride my son and I were doing short.
The first moose I saw up close and personal was several years ago while jogging on the Pocatello Greenway. It was a young bull moose.

The second moose was last April as I was flying down the Upper City Creek trail on my mountain bike. I don't know enough about moose to know how quickly bulls regrow their antlers, but this one had none. I'm guessing it was probably a cow, but it was still a very, very large animal.
 
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