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What do you do when you hear an animal rusting in the woods in the middle of the nite

  • Ignore it and pretend you never heard it.

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  • Shine your light to see what it is.

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  • Tell yourself it was a squirrel, not a man eating cougar!

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  • What noise? that is why i listen to music.

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So, this weekend when i was runny Rocky Raccoon 100 miler, i heard A LOT of animals in the park, at one point i shined my light and saw a big armadillo!!!!!!!! It freaked me out and it got me thinking about posting a fun poll here. When i was at the Grand Teton 100 miler, there were bear sightings earlier in the week, so i never took my eyes off the trail at night, i was wayyyy to scared.<br><br>
How do you approach animal sounds?
 

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I just assume it's a squirrel. A giant, ferocious squirrel.
 

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I figure that since the critters have sensitive night vision, I'd blind them by shining my ultrabright flashlight in their eyes. But probably wishful thinking.<br><br>
Also along the lines of wishful thinking, when completely by myself in an area frequented by mountain lions I carry one of those high decibel personal alarms. I figure that if I could shove the thing in its ear it would definitely give it a shock.<br><br>
But what really bothers me is hearing a whole pack of coyotes howling nearby as I'm running by myself in the woods at night. I'm sure wolves would be worse.<br><br>
But in the end I just go with the fact that getting attacked by an animal on the trail is WAY less likely than dying in a car crash.
 

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I have never seen an armadillo, so i was pretty psyched about that. They seem relatively harmless. If i saw a cougar, i would have peed myself <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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I always try to say Hi to the furry critters. Most animals don't like the sound of human voices. I try to be polite, to mask any fear in my voice. Seen coyotes, skunks and possums out here at night. <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif"> Does it ever feel less stupid to be out among the hunted? Never feels smart to me.
 

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I bought a very bright handheld 100% as self defense, and have considered the air-horn thing too. Also stubby hammers, but I know that's probably nuts.
 

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I just assume that they are hallucinations anyway. Also, the worst critters are daylight or dawn/dusk hunters and aren't as active in the truly dark hours.<br><br>
A lot of people at JJ see tarantulas. I encounter coyotes and occasionally black bears and cougars on my training runs anyway. I'd rather see them if they are there.
 

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at Umstead, my pacer (Gingerbread), saw something flashing in her light on the trail in the dead of the night. In her curiosity, we shone our lights on it and saw a HUGE ASS spider with a gazillion and a half eyes. Some things are better NOT seeing.
 

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When I was pacing you at the GT100 I almost psyched myself out being convinced that a bear or a cougar was gonna be around every corner. I kept thinking "Just punch it in the nose".<img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif">
 

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At our local 50 miler (Mt Hood PCT) there was a story circulating about a runner who did just that: whacked a kitty with a stick to get it off the trail in front of her. It apparently decided that it would prefer a lunch that didn't hit it with sticks. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I shine my light on it to see what it is. Usually it turns out to be in my head. But once I saw a pair of eyes staring back at me, too low to the ground to be a dear. I never found what it was.
 

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This past year at the VT100, my pacer and I were about 90 miles into it when, just off the trail, we heard something BIG jump down out of a tree and run thudding off into the night. My pacer said "And then...", and I just chuckled and kept going. I was way past too tired to care. <img alt="huh.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif">
 

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Thats great! <img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif"><br><br>
At McNaughton last year (Illinois) I saw a bush baby in the trail. My buddy hans saw a Giraffe. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
On some of my training runs in the White Mountains I've heard Bears hooting into the night, woken Moose up off of the trail... scared me for sure.. but I always figure that whatever it is.. its just as afraid of me..<br><br>
And on I go..
 

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I just realized something about Meri's original question.<br><br>
The most feared night time predator in TX is the one creature that Meri doesn't need to fear (but everyone else should be terrified.)<br><br>
It's the Chupacabra. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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HA!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
oh, at Rocky Raccoon, there were a lot of warnings and signs about alligators. I assume that they are all in hibernation now <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
ps. John, what is a bush baby?
 

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Go Here: <a href="http://www.awf.org/content/wildlife/detail/bushbaby" target="_blank">http://www.awf.org/content/wildlife/detail/bushbaby</a><br><br>
Definately NOT an Illinois native.. nor is the giraffe
 

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oh my. those eyes are freaky!!! <img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif">
 

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Thank you all. Now I am scared, and I will only run a 100 mile race during the perpetual daylight season in Alaska.<br><br><img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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I was running in South Mountain Park in Phoenix at dusk a couple months ago and heard a coyote howling, so I decided to howl back. I got a response from what sounded like a dozen coyotes, and decided that wasn't one of my brighter moves!
 

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You need to brush up on your coyote-speak.<br><br>
They were saying "we got your back, bro."<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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