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post #21 of 48 Old 07-26-2011, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Darrin, I'm 20ish minuets south of Eugene
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post #22 of 48 Old 07-26-2011, 11:01 AM
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Ahh, Ok kind of looked like the flat ground around Coburg from up in the hills. Sounds like you are not to far away from Cottage Grove then. Used to live in that area but it was years ago now.
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post #23 of 48 Old 07-26-2011, 11:28 AM
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I used to ride out in Whiting Ranch in CA, and there are mountain lions and other wildlife there. We had volunteer park rangers that boarded at our stable and they said the best thing you can do is make noise on your ride. Talk to your horse, sing a tune, most importantly let the wildlife hear you coming and they will go away and hide from you. They want to NOT be seen by you a lot more than you not wanting to come across them.
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post #24 of 48 Old 07-26-2011, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Darrin- I'm in Creswell, most people don't know where that is but if you lived in C. Grove then you've probably driven passed it a few times
Cinnys Whinny- I was making up songs and singing pretty terribly, I probably would have scared anything away :P
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I can't say I have an out of the ordinary animals in my area. I live in PA (not that there isn't wildlife in PA) but where I am, I sometimes see a deer.

I do have a story about my OTTB. We were out for a hack and we turned a corn and what do you know! A horse eating Canadian goose was right there! Well my horse stopped dead in his tracks. I was going to just run over the thing, but it must have had a nest near by. It spread its wings, and came right for us, squaking the whole time. Needless to say, we went a different way home!
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I can't say I have an out of the ordinary animals in my area. I live in PA (not that there isn't wildlife in PA) but where I am, I sometimes see a deer.

I do have a story about my OTTB. We were out for a hack and we turned a corn and what do you know! A horse eating Canadian goose was right there! Well my horse stopped dead in his tracks. I was going to just run over the thing, but it must have had a nest near by. It spread its wings, and came right for us, squaking the whole time. Needless to say, we went a different way home!
Ha ha, I had almost the same exact experience with a couple of wild turkeys a few weeks ago. There were two of them with 5 chicks tagging behind them and they were ready to eat Cinny alive!!
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I had a bull elk jump out of the brush practically on top of me this last fall, luckily it spooked me more then my horse. Of course he knew it was there without telling me about it.
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I had a bull elk jump out of the brush practically on top of me this last fall, luckily it spooked me more then my horse. Of course he knew it was there without telling me about it.
Go figure!
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post #29 of 48 Old 07-27-2011, 01:12 PM
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Those pictures are beautiful!!!

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post #30 of 48 Old 07-27-2011, 02:01 PM
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Cinny, I know that park well. That is one of the few parks in the lower 48 where an actual human/mountain lion predation event has been documented. It happened about 6 years or so ago. First incident was a adult male mountain biker who was out (on Cactus Trail) at about 6AM. The lion took him apparently while he was crouched down fixing a broken chain. At about 2PM a group of bikers went by and the lion grabbed the woman who was in the back of the group. Luckily another rider saw her being dragged off the trail by her face and grabbed her legs. Eventually several other riders helped and they saved the woman. After that they found the man's body. While sherriff was there at the scene, the lion back tracked around and was stalking back into the area. Sherriff helicopter spotted it on infrared and the deputies on the ground shot it.

However, the advice you have given (make noise, make yourself big, don't run) is the right advice for avoiding these animals. Part of the problem in urban Orange County is that there hasn't been any hunting pressure and the young lions start to think of humans as potential food. I encountered a collared adult male near O'Neill Park about a year ago that simply stopped and watched me from about 10 feet.
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