I've seen 'em too. Fortunately, they don't give a **** about people. It's like two dudes crossing on the same trail: "wassup -- zapnin", and that's the end of it. Give them respect, and leave them alone. They might be psycho.
Yeah, I do get spooked when I hear things in the brush. I've seen dear, squirrels and coyote. There is a mountain lion warning sign at the trailhead. I always ride solo lately, wish I had a buddy to ride with. I do carry a hunting knife in my jersey pocket, don't know if it would help if attacked. It feels great seeing non threatening wildlife on a ride,but I hate feeling uneasy on the trail thinking about a lion ready to pounce or a rattler ready to strike. Bottom line, I'm still riding.Dirt-Rode said:Had my first encounter with a Mt. Lion last week. Fairly uneventful. I short stare at each other and it was off. Had me pretty spooked though. I've been out twice since and I'm still a little gun shy. Every time I hear leaves or trees rustling I'm sure that something is out to attack me. Its got me kicking my head around and taking my eyes off the trail. Almost had a couple wipe outs because of the jitters.
Please don't take me for a complete pansy. I've seen deer, moose, mountain goats, mountain sheep, and now a lion. The only animals that were ever a threat was a rattle snake (coiled in the middle of a narrow trail), and some skeeter that had his Rottweiler almost take a bite out of my leg.
Does anyone else have any fear of the wild? I almost always ride solo and its usually in the early morning or evening/night when there's a fair amount of activity. Anyone carry mase, knife, gun, nunchucks etc.
I'm up to seven! Only one was more than a fleeting glance. A five-minute staredown (albeit from a couple hundred feet) that felt like an hour. Then my wife and I had to ride up the hill past where he disappeared to get back to our car!Crusty Oldman said:Me? East San Gabriel Valley. And I've seen more than one!
I live in Colorado (Fort Collins). Only been in the area a few months but I love it. More trails than I know what to do with.SpecRider96 said:Well consider yourself lucky for seeing one ! I am always aware that when i go riding there are animals out there, but i know that for the most part they dont want anything to do with me.By the way where do you live ?
Just tell your wife you're more likely to die of a car crash to the trails than a mt. lion attack on the bike. Sure there were a couple of attacks in Cali a year or so ago, but those are not the norm at all with cats. They usually don't want anything to do with us....Dirt-Rode said:I made the mistake of telling me wife about the cat and now she wants me to get a different hobby. Sure - maybe I'll ditch the bike and take up knitting?