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Old 08-19-2015, 09:48 AM   #15
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We were at Glacier National Park in the 2 Medicine Campground and on my morning walk, I came across a small bear playing in the lake across from our campsite. I watched him for a few minutes until he scampered up the mountain...right along a busy hiking trail.
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Was called by an elderly lady at a campground in Lakeland, Florida one night. She told me there was an alligator around her trailer, would I come and help. I went to her trailer and spoke to her and asked what size gator she saw. She said, "about 6 feet." I went behind the trailer to take a look and there was the biggest gator I have ever seen up close. I called the game people and they came out and relocated the gator. When I asked them what size the gator was, they said " 1 inch shy of 11 feet." Glad I didn't try to wrestle him myself.
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Old 08-20-2015, 05:22 PM   #17
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As an adult leader camping in the keys with a scout troop. Night time cooking. I put my hand out to rest my body on an old tree limb. It turned out to be one of those “palmetto” bugs, the KING size version. Well I think that is what it was. I know it moved with my hand wrapped around it. Nobody wanted to find it for a look see. I think my reaction had something to do with that. I kinda flipped out.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:43 PM   #18
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Big Barn Owl, up at Hillsboro State Park near Sebring- Wingspan was easily 6 feet.

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Old 08-24-2015, 10:44 AM   #19
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Not in a campground but was driving through Texas coming back from Loredo and saw a Zebra on the side of the road. After a couple of minutes of silence I said to the others in the car "you saw a Zebra too". they all agreed thankfully.
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We pulled into a campground in downtown Sedona and I kept noticing things running behind the motor home. They were Havelina. Another place we frequent, the wild turkey come thru the campground (about 50) once a day.
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Old 08-24-2015, 05:56 PM   #21
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Back 20 years or so ago, we were in a pop-up camper. A "herd" of skunks passed thru and walked directly under our pop-up!! They smell bad all the time. I told everyone to be quiet so we didn't upset them.



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Old 08-24-2015, 07:03 PM   #22
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Two stories (Both Tennessee State Campgrounds):

1. Some teenagers were tossing a football around in an grassy open area when suddenly a fawn ran out of the woods and joined in the fun. Every time the ball was thrown, the fawn would chase it. The teenagers were enthralled, I was overwhelmed! The fun lasted about five minutes, then the fawn bolted back into the woods and disappeared.

2. Wife & I were camped lakeside for a week. On the first afternoon near dark, a family of skunks, consisting of mother and five kits, strolled within five feet of us through our site. We sat perfectly still and the skunks disappeared into the woods. This happened twice a day, morning & evening, every day. If we were outside, we ignored them & they ignored us. A fascinating observation: each skunk was striped differently.

By the way, no "skunk" scent was detected.


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Old 08-27-2015, 09:35 PM   #23
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Hummingbird moth...look it up...very strange indeed!
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Herd of burros at Emerald Cove, Earp, CA.

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This was one of three different bears that visited us at our volunteer campsite in Alaska this past season. The grill was still hot we were eating dinner when the unexpected guest showed up.
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