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Oct 21, 2020 - 6:48:28 PM
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Brian T

Canada

17255 posts since 6/5/2008

Just wondering how safe it is at your place to go outside after dark.
We are getting 2-3" wet snow every night to prove that the tracks are fresh.

Here, the grizz and the blacks have not gone into hibernation.
They are drifting through the village. Rare but they are checking garbage cans.

News tonight there's a full grown adult cougar at my end of the village snacking on pet cats & dogs.
In the past, we have seen village deer taken down.

I've just unbuckled a s/s 12 with half a dozen 3" loads of SSG.
I will not tolerate any interference in what little I do for activity.

Oct 21, 2020 - 7:31:58 PM
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donc

Canada

6471 posts since 2/9/2010

Skunks and racoons are kind of a surprise in the dark but they don't attack unless they are provoked. . Other than that I feel safe. We do hear of a cougar about once a year and the brown bears follow the creeks down into the city quite often. Bears don't get violent unless you unwittingly happen to step between the mother and her cubs. They really don't like living among people. The coyotes prowl around looking for house cats and small dogs. They won't come near a human being. It gets really dark around here at night now so I don't feel like walking around if I can't see much, unless I'm under a street light.

Oct 21, 2020 - 7:43:47 PM
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Paul R

Canada

13345 posts since 1/28/2010

No problem here. We do have our fox and coyotes. I've never seen a fisher in the neighbourhood, although we've been told they're around. Walking here isn't hazardous, except maybe for stupid humans on bicycles and in cars. The next street down, Riverside, doesn't have street lights, so I don't go there in the dark without a light - wouldn't want to step into a pothole.

Shelby (a.k.a. Schlubby) the cat isn't allowed out - she'd be a snack for the fox or a coyote.

Bears and cougars* are farther north.

* The four-legged, non-human, variety.


 

Oct 21, 2020 - 7:48:58 PM
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grandpafive

Canada

2120 posts since 8/30/2014

The other night the motion sensor light came on in the back yard and something was rustling around. Of course I had to look. The coon was right at the edge of the deck where I couldn't see it and I stepped right on its back, scared the s**t out of both of us. It took about an hour for my heart to normalize. Not a big fan of after dark in the country.

Oct 21, 2020 - 7:56 PM
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bubbalouie

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Here's a big one grazing in the field across the road.

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Oct 21, 2020 - 8:12:46 PM
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donc

Canada

6471 posts since 2/9/2010

He looks better fed than the ones around here. The photo below is on my driveway about 9 years ago. This female was reported by my neighbor  after she tried to chase her off her own back deck. The bear stood up and growled. As a result the wildlife officers arrived and sedated her behind my back fence. It took 4 of us to carry her out of the wooded easement to the nearest driveway which was mine.  This had been a repeat report so the bear was likely snuffed. Most of the bear encounters are not reported. 


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Oct 21, 2020 - 9:00:21 PM
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Sasquatch hasn’t been around in a while so we are ok with going out at night it’s just those pesky blood suckers. No..not talking about vampires we don’t believe in vampires!!how silly!!

Oct 21, 2020 - 9:27:40 PM
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Brian T

Canada

17255 posts since 6/5/2008

There were footprints in the mud last summer, up the Holmes valley.
I saw the photos. I'm size 12, I'll suppose size 18-20.
One of my most magnificent mountain valleys to mess around in.

I am more concerned about footprints in my front yard right now
and critters that will come second in an unfair fight.
I set up a couple of trail cams in front.
In back is a 6' fence which really means nothing to the bears or the cats or the deer. They are too lazy to push their luck.

I figured out how to upload photos into the BHO default album.
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Oct 22, 2020 - 3:22:56 AM
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I live in a neighborhood on the edge of a small town and we have quite the petting zoo of critters there. We are eat up with "Town deer" that eat anything you plant in the yard, foxes, skunks, possums, raccoons, black snakes and copperheads, and we even get a bear every now and then. I know we have bobcats around but no one has ever said they see them in town. No coyotes in town but they are in the fields out behind my house. The only things that worry me are the coyotes, the bear and the copperheads. Honestly I'm more worried about the two legged variety of rats that we seem to have our fair share of in town.

Oct 22, 2020 - 4:04:35 AM
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OM45GE

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101852 posts since 11/7/2007

I walk in the dark every day with my dog. Our last walk of the evening is in the dark this time of year and our first walk of the day is at 4:00 AM so it’s dark at that time most of the year as well. I’ve always walked or run (before knee replacement) in the early morning. It’s a very peaceful time.

We live in a suburban area with a lot of woods and quite a bit of wildlife. Our alpha predators are coyotes but they were more common a few years ago. I suspect there was some sort of eradication effort but no one in the town or state will confirm that.

My bigger concern is rabid animals. We’ve had two different rabid raccoons in our yard and there have been attacks on humans by rabid critters in neighboring towns. When I’m out after dark I carry a metal hiking staff that I figure will help in the unlikely event that I do encounter an animal in the aggressive stage of rabies.

The greatest threat are the drivers who speed through town and blow past stop signs. I don’t know if they assume nobody will be there out and about but they are definitely a hazard. I wear a reflective vest and don’t wear ear buds so I can hear vehicles coming but I’ve had a few close calls, especially in winter when the snowbanks can narrow the streets.

Oct 22, 2020 - 4:12:35 AM

bubbalouie

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Oct 22, 2020 - 5:07:15 AM
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The greatest threat are the drivers who speed through town and blow past stop signs. I don’t know if they assume nobody will be there out and about but they are definitely a hazard. I wear a reflective vest and don’t wear ear buds so I can hear vehicles coming but I’ve had a few close calls, especially in winter when the snowbanks can narrow the streets.


They fall into the two legged rat variety that I mentioned.

Oct 22, 2020 - 5:20:58 AM
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wizofos

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5700 posts since 8/19/2012

I have no problem going out after dark. Most alpha predators have been eliminated or chased off by local dairy or beef farmers. We do have occasional bear sightings and some DNA evidence of Mt. Lions but not close. DNR occasionally has to trank a bear and haul it off. We live on a narrow township road and my main concern with being on it after dark would be drivers. I stay out of the woods and fields after dark, too many pot holes and trip hazards.

Oct 22, 2020 - 5:42:28 AM
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DC5

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14624 posts since 6/30/2015

The only ones that bother me are the coyotes, they are quite brazen and don't scare off easily. There's a black bear that has been spotted in the area, and I've seen scat, but unless you surprise them they're not a bother. We have fishers, bobcats, skunks, opossums and raccoons. Skunks are scary, but only because of the spray. We do have rabies in the area from time to time, a recent rabid feral cat was found not far from here. Most of the critters stay clear, except the coyotes. Deer scare me because one ran into my car a couple of years ago. I'm glad I wasn't on the motorcycle.

Oct 22, 2020 - 5:51:49 AM

516 posts since 10/9/2017

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Here's a big one grazing in the field across the road.

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Hard to tell in narrow focus, but he looks much bigger than the black bears I've seen up close in the eastern USA. Do you have a different species up there?

Oct 22, 2020 - 6:15:54 AM

215 posts since 9/6/2019

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quote:
Originally posted by bubbalouie

Here's a big one grazing in the field across the road.

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Hard to tell in narrow focus, but he looks much bigger than the black bears I've seen up close in the eastern USA. Do you have a different species up there?


That one looks to be in the 500 - 600 pound range. Maybe a little more. Probably about 7 - 8 feet on his hind legs. He's a big boy. We have a few around here that are that size, but not many.

Oct 22, 2020 - 6:36:05 AM

2306 posts since 4/22/2018

We don't have anything too dangerous around here, the most vicious beasties are the midges (no see'ums?) and theyve gone away for the winter. I've just acquired a camera trap to hopefully spot an otter that I've been seeing signs of - I thought I'd set it in my garden for a couple of days to see what (if any) nocturnal visitors we get at home.

Oct 22, 2020 - 7:04:33 AM

516 posts since 10/9/2017

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Originally posted by Banjonewguy
quote:
Originally posted by Remsleep
quote:
Originally posted by bubbalouie

Here's a big one grazing in the field across the road.

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Hard to tell in narrow focus, but he looks much bigger than the black bears I've seen up close in the eastern USA. Do you have a different species up there?


That one looks to be in the 500 - 600 pound range. Maybe a little more. Probably about 7 - 8 feet on his hind legs. He's a big boy. We have a few around here that are that size, but not many.


Could be a seasonal thing. All of my bear encounters have been in the spring/summer*. He may be storing up for the winter.

*My bare encounters have less seasonal bias. *Rimshot* I'm here all week, try the veal and tip your server.

Oct 22, 2020 - 8:03:27 AM

2264 posts since 2/10/2013

I was raised in the Adirondack Mountains in extreme northern New York State. Black Bear regularly visited "dumps" in search of food.

Pre-den weights tend to be 30% higher than in spring, when black bears emerge from their dens. The largest reported bear in New York State weighed approximately 750 lbs (live weight). Across North America Black Bear color can vary widely, but here in New York almost all bears are jet black.

Oct 22, 2020 - 8:44:31 AM
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We really don't have any dangerous critters around here. There are coyotes, but they haven't started coming into our suburb, and there's an occasional, non-verified sighting of a big cat out in the county, although the Iowa DNR says there aren't any native to the state. Our biggest problem is deer, and as we get into the rut in a few weeks the car/deer accident incidence is bound to go up. The bald eagles are capable of grabbing a cat or small dog, but I haven't heard of that happening.

Oct 22, 2020 - 7:30:48 PM

Paul R

Canada

13345 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by Brian T

There were footprints in the mud last summer, up the Holmes valley.
I saw the photos. I'm size 12, I'll suppose size 18-20.
One of my most magnificent mountain valleys to mess around in.

I am more concerned about footprints in my front yard right now
and critters that will come second in an unfair fight.
I set up a couple of trail cams in front.
In back is a 6' fence which really means nothing to the bears or the cats or the deer. They are too lazy to push their luck.

I figured out how to upload photos into the BHO default album.
How do I move those into a post? No guesswork applies.


At the bottom of the page where you are typing your post, below it you will see Attachments". Your photos will be there. Just click on the photo you want. Click on the "preview" button to see that it has worked.

If you want to upload a photo from a source other than your BHO photos, when you go through the upload process, below the post you're working on, it will automatically attach.

Oct 23, 2020 - 7:11:33 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

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Oct 23, 2020 - 7:20:05 PM
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bubbalouie

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We have this guy at the Royal B.C, Museum. I snapped this picture.

Oct 24, 2020 - 7:21:42 AM

2264 posts since 2/10/2013

I would think that when walking at night in a dark area, carrying something that made a noise would help. That way you wouldn't surprise any animal. Maybe something like a small CD player that could easily be heard.

Oct 24, 2020 - 8:32:23 AM
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Wyozark

USA

1044 posts since 12/2/2012

quote: Originally posted by Richard HauserI would think that when walking at night in a dark area, carrying something that made a noise would help. That way you wouldn't surprise any animal. Maybe something like a small CD player that could easily be heard.

No. Go big or stay home . . .


 

Oct 24, 2020 - 8:36:10 AM
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On my one and only trip to Canada, we went to Whistler, Skiing. On a snowmobile trip I was talking to the guide about the chances of bumping into a bear. He said it was pretty remote but we may see signs of bear activity - prints/droppings etc. He went on to say that bear poo was very easy to identify, apparently it often has bells in it and it smells strongly of pepper spray smiley

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