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        02-18-2009, 01:47 PM
      #41
    Weanling
    I think we saw a cougar once....it was in daylight, and it was stalking a few bucks who left....the horses were going nuts while we were in the woods right after. VERY SCARY!!!! Other than that, TONS of deer, squirrels, turkeys, birds, and one coyote.
         
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        02-18-2009, 02:43 PM
      #42
    Weanling
    Well we had seen the racoon earlier up by the house. It had been sitting across from the garage and the owner of the place was like "ehh, that racoon doesn't really look right." but it disapeared and we didn't really think anything of it. Then later that day we hit the trails and it was sitting right in the middle of one of the most used trails just staring at us. My trainer kinda went after it on her horse to see if she could get it to move and it just sat there so we took a different trail but on our way back it was still there. Then we saw it up by the house again and realized it was going in circles so we called someone out to kill it because it's not exactly normal for a racoon to be out in broad daylight and especially not normal to sit in the middle of a trail when a horse charges it. Lol
         
        02-18-2009, 07:19 PM
      #43
    Foal
    We have bear,cougar,bobcat,coyote,coons,deer,elk etc, but the only thing we've seen is elk.They let you get pretty darn close too.Oh and hubby saw a baby bobcat too. We take our dogs w/ all the time so they scare off most of the game.
         
        02-18-2009, 09:08 PM
      #44
    Yearling
    The second pictures is of a Cow Moose. The 3rd picture is a Bull moose.

    I forgot the elk pictures, Here they are.
         
        02-18-2009, 09:42 PM
      #45
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by travlingypsy    
    Yes, but we see deer in our yards. And they are not "scary" like a bear, wolf, rabid dog, moose. So they don't really count as to if someone has seen a scary wild animal.
    LMAO You tell Joe that. The poor horse is scared of kitty litter!!! ( a lady dumps teh old barn cats litter in the arena) If he saw a deer or anything other than another horse(with a rider on it!) he would double over in fear! Lol I have never seen a deer in my yard lol, for us city people deer are pretty wild. Raccoons (sp) on the other hand are very common here, I have seen at least 4-5 so to me they arent that wild.
         
        02-18-2009, 10:08 PM
      #46
    Yearling
    Xeventer17- That racoon would freak me out, I hope it didnt have rabies and sread it around :(

    Rockinthebit07- that's so gross that the lady does that! At our barn there is a cat box but it hasnt been cleaned out in years so the cat just poops in the loft, so then when they were doing hay the BO husband said "EEEEWWW CAT POOP" really loud and the BO got all embaressed and blamed her husband. Its like don't be mad at him! Clean after your cat... Anywhooo.
    Yah deer are everywhere in WA I mean you even see them dead on I-5 so deer just isnt odd to see anywhere.
         
        02-18-2009, 10:56 PM
      #47
    Trained
    Paintedhorse - what lovely photos! I almost always leave my camera behind. :(

    I've come across bear, moose, deer and little creatures too, but I make a fair amount of noise coming down the trail with my bells, so most animals tend to stay clear of us. I see more wildlife when I'm driving, walking or working in the yard than I do when I'm riding. Had a raccoon in the barn once -- I wasn't too impressed with that!
         
        02-19-2009, 10:13 AM
      #48
    Weanling
    Beau and I saw a coyote. He ran along the trail with us for a little while, then disappeared into the bush. Beau never missed a beat, he was just like "oh, hey there sup?" xD

    The coyote didn't try to attack or chase us or anything, he just loped along with us for a few seconds, then left.

    It was pretty cool actually.
         
        02-19-2009, 02:46 PM
      #49
    Weanling
    Haha, yea the racoon was quite alarming, but as far as we know if it did have anything it didn't spread around.

    Also, ne0n, that sounds really really cool
         
        02-19-2009, 03:58 PM
      #50
    Foal
    We have a herd of elk that big that go into the cow fields right on the edge of town. Everyone stops to look.The cows and horses don't mind much.
         

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