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28 / M / Ark-La-Tex
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Posted 4/3/17
Wild animals only. Can't be in captivity unless it involves an escaped animal running amok, or something like that.

I just ran into a common snapping turtle on my morning walk about 2 hours ago. About 8 years ago, I got stupidly close to an American alligator (as in, it probably could have grabbed me if it wanted to) on land. Summer of 2008, I got close to a black bear cub in Wisconsin. Summer of 2002 in Big Bend National Park, I almost stepped on a rattlesnake...just a few minutes after I almost tripped over a skunk.

You guys have any fun memories you feel like sharing?
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I ran away from school in south Texas. As I was crossing a creek to get to my home, I ran into a pack of coyotes. We just stared at each other... said fuck it and went the opposite directions.

I was also playing golf with my grandpa in Florida and my ball ended near an alligator. I decided to count that ball as lost. Also, I was hiking in New Mexico and nearly stepped on a rattlesnake den.

Last, but not least, I got to pet a wild dolphin while sailing from Texas to Florida.
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i grew up on a farm where i interacted with animals who yearly kill considerably more people then sharks or most other wild animals. also quite often hear coyotes yipping and such almost directly outside my bedroom. also one time a adolescent black bear was on my porch and looked through the window
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Snapping turtle, actually I ran into a couple, from little baby snaps to pretty big snaps. You know, like any stupid person would do, holding up a stick to its mouth to see it snap it in half. They really aren't that dangerous, only if you are caught in their territory off guard.

Other than that, mostly deers running across the road. I've seen moose from a far. I've seen wild horses, but never close up. Random snakes we try to catch, couple of beavers. Typical Canadian wildlife.

Oh, and the one time I opened my door, and a skunk was ass end up facing me. I closed my door so fast it's like you would never expect it at that moment, but it got in our garbage. I just thought it was funny. Like at that moment I was greatfull I looked down
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Posted 4/3/17
Thankfully, never experienced such a "thrill". Only in dreams, where i'm attacked by snakes or bears.
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When I was in grade 4 I was attacked by a pigeon.
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21 / F / The Cat Empire
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Posted 4/3/17
Do bugs count? When I was like 6 i got covered in some type of biting ant when I was in Mexico.

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snakes

gators

fire ants

deer on the road
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When I was in Yellowstone National Park, I was walking along a trail, rounded a corner, and there was a huge female elk standing about 5 feet from me. She was startled, and "hid" by moving to stand with her face behind a sapling that was about 4" in diamater. Figuring she felt safe, I just walked by her.

I was riding a bike on Grand Island (in Lake Superior), rounded a curve, and there were two black bears in the road. They just wandered off and I kept riding.

In Estes Park, Colorado, I was feeding chipmunks, and when I sat down, several started climbing all over me.
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I opened the shed and a Wolf Spider was chilling about five inches from my face.

I run into snapping turtles all the time but they're too slow to be scary until you hear the snapping.

A horse fly latched onto my head when I was little and it was so traumatizing I get really cautious about bugs near my head.
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So I fed and pet a buffalo once when I was about 8 or 9. He was hanging out on the other side of a chain link fence looking at some really tall grass on my side. I pulled some out and he came over and started chomping it. Then I started petting the furry tank. After a while he got bored and decided to try to rip the fence apart, which he was making a good show of.

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Used to work at a wolf sanctuary after high school, which included feeding the grays in the visitor's-center cages their weekly treat of meat scraps through the chain-link by hand.
But they were the center animals used to people, so it wasn't really dangerous...Unless you wore leather gloves. They warned us not to, since one of them liked the smell of leather gloves and tried to collect them, usually off the hand wearing them.
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Along US 54 beyond Vaughan, NM happened to be standing on a solitary large stone mid-July, 1991. Thought the locust was in flight an extraordinarily long period of time before realizing the noise was from under the rock rather than near me topside. Was mildly curious how large rattlesnake beneath was but didn't stick around to find out.

Encountered a cinnamon bear in Minnesota while hiking along seldom traveled iron-ore railroad right-of-way out in the woods. Two mile hike back to car as it was. Both went opposite directions upon sighting.

Encountered a grizzly mother bear while awaiting a freight train from atop a railroad snowshed September, 1998 along southern boundary Glacier Nat'l Park, Montana. Her cub was on same level we were at other end of shed. She sensed our presence by standing on her hind legs, sniffing the air. Upon picking up our scent she ambled length of shed at track level then proceeded to climb slope to both her cub's and our level. Rather than stick around to be mauled my railfan friend and I scurried down ladder to track level, got in my SUV parked along side rail right-of-way, and drove the fuck outta there never to return.

Tracked once by a grizzly bear (same Nat'l Park) when I took a short hike from car to find a place to take a whiz along river bank. Tracks were not present on hike in but were during hike out. Never saw the bear, thank God. Didn't stick around either.

Saw lots of elk along BN railroad right-of-way near Stampede Tunnel, state of Washington, 1973. I was along side a rock ledge awaiting a freight train for a calendar shot action picture at the time. I could hear shotgun blasts across the valley. Hunting season for elk was in full cycle only the elk were over with me near the tunnel instead of where the hunters were. Animals are clever that way.

Deer never look up. I've been in elevated areas (again, awaiting a freight train for an action shot) in several states during hunting season. Deer look every direction but up.....explains why elevated deer stands are effective.

Snapping turtles: little bastards swim too close to my low water dam portals and get stuck in them. When I attempt to free them I don't know 100% if they are alive or dead. Every time they have drowned while partway blocking the portals. The water flow is fast enough that they cannot wrest / extricate their heads free from the suction. When freeing them I had to get on my knees, reach down with both hands, grab shell area near their necks, pull hard. If they were alive I would be bitten instantly once their heads were free from portal area. I finally put up grates to keep them out. No longer own that property.
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you said wild animals unless escaped. well there was an escaped husky at the start of my neighborhood. in the day that dog would follow me home, lick me, let me pet it and what not. it was an adorable thing. but at night whenever i walked home from work, it would attack me. nearly bit me one night. if i didnt just out the way it would've gotten my arm. those people who owned it only lived at their home another week before they moved (or got evicted. they kept a horrible lawn)
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when i was in thailand 08 scuba diving i had a sea krait swim between my index finger and thumb. that gave me a proper adrenaline rush especialy since the diver instructor told us they could only bite you in the earlobe or webbing between fingers
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