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Old 08-29-2019, 10:30 AM   #1
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Which animals do you enjoy seeing the most?

In the Fishlake National Forest in Utah, I'm camped creek side. Plenty of deer around to gawk at. There are some turkey looking birds that forage in a meadow about 300' away in the morning. There are squirrels around. At least one Eagle has been squawking. There are trout in the creek too. But to see them, you have to stalk them like a hunter. Walk up to them behind bush and pop up, otherwise they scram.

This morning I was crouched down deep in the trees next to a ridge and hear twigs breaking. I thought it would be a deer or a cow, no urgency. I look over and here comes a Mountain Lion jaunting straight towards me.

It was panting, haah, haah as it hopped over downed branches and trees on its way to me. At that moment, about 50' away from it, I stand up and put my arms above my shoulders then yelled, "Go away cat!". It did a 180 turn at that moment and continued its light run/jaunt away.

It was pretty easy to deter. It wasn't scary like I imagine a Lion running towards me so close would be. The cat was a very good looking and healthy. Full grown. Light tan in color. Sizable face. The last one I saw in WA state was grey. It was in a campground and I drove right by it 5' away in electric mode.

The National Forest Service had put out some training documents in Oregon where there had been sightings of Mountain Lions. I followed that and it worked to a T. BTW, the training/instruction also says to fight the cat if it attacks.

Cats are my favorite. What animals do you like seeing in the wild?
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the kinds that don't eat you for lunch.
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the kinds that don't eat you for lunch.
Oh, deer.
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Bears, have seen a few, blacks and grizzlies. Have never seen a mountain lion, high on bucket list. Saw two lynx once, sitting sxs beside a forest service road, that was neat.
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The Alaska Highway is usually good for seeing quite a few animals. Last year it was a sow bear and a couple cubs running across a bridge, a couple young caribou that really didn't want to get off the road, some bison who also took their time crossing the road, and the carcasses of a couple porcupines and fox that unfortunately didn't make it across.

This year we saw 4 black bears foraging along the edge of the road in various places, some elk laying in tall grass (it first it looked like dead tree branches in the field - until one of them got up!), A large group of bison laying down off road, and a few dead fox.

Once in the Lower-48 we drove through Montana, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. We couldn't begin to count all the deer and armadillo carcasses we passed.
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The big ones... Moose, make a mule deer look puny.
Grizzly bear, make a black bear look like Teddy bears

And the rare ones... like wolverine
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I had about three months of three fawns frolicking in my back yard. Got a kick out of that. Funny thing is the two does, their mothers, didn't get along and the mother of twins would chase the other one out of the yard.

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Marmots seem to enjoy being photographed (below in RMNP).

Of course bears, moose, and eagles are generally rare sightings that are great. And we had a cougar cross the road while driving (in the toad) out to Cape Flattery WA this summer....
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Turkey's when they are spreading their tail feathers (picture taken in Kentucky) , and mountain goats when they are standing on unbelievable small ledges. I wonder how they got there!
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