Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath, to be specific.
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7/2/08 at 3:14pm
I was riding a singletrack in Indonesia when a big cobra came down the bank. I scooted ahead of it, while the lady behind be ejected off her bike backwards. The cobra stood up, flared it's hood, and continued on it's way.
|Meeting occurred on Spirit Trail on Tuesday evening
July 9, 2008By Karen Boush | Herald Staff Writer
A mountain biker met up with a mountain lion yesterday in the test tracks area of Durango Mountain Park, but after a brief, uneventful encounter the two went their separate ways.
David Tabar, a systems manager with the The Durango Herald, was approaching the end of the Spirit Trail by Greenmount Cemetery at about 7:15 p.m. when he came face to face with the lion.
"I spotted this mountain lion in the trail about 10 feet ahead of me, so I stopped," he said. "We just kind of stared at each other for maybe 15 seconds."
Tabar said the cat then moved off the trail and about 20 feet away in a flanking motion before turning around and looking at him again.
"At that point, I decided I would just kind of slowly pedal away," he said, adding that he kept looking back as he traveled the trail's last quarter mile, but did not spot the cat again.
Tabar, who said he has never seen a free-ranging mountain lion before, described the cat as "surprised and jumpy," but not aggressive. He also said that it had dark markings around its eyes and nose and was between 2½ to 3½ feet tall.
"He was smaller than I would have expected a full-grown mountain lion to be but he was definitely bigger than a bobcat," he said.
Tabar often rides in the test tracks area. Tabar said the experience of meeting up with a mountain lion won't stop him from returning.
"I just thought that it was really neat. I'm kind of honored that I saw a mountain lion," he said.
Although mountain lions generally avoid people, they can be dangerous and deadly. Wildlife experts provide the following guidelines to help you protect yourself from mountain lion encounters and conflicts while recreating or exercising outdoors:
• Trail runners, hikers and mountain bikers should run or ride with others.
• Carry a deterrent, such as a walking stick. Avoid activity at dawn or dusk.
• Solitary individuals - especially those younger than 16 - are more likely to sustain an attack than are multiple people.
• If you encounter a mountain lion, watch the lion and focus on its feet, yell, show your teeth, move backwards slowly, throw rocks or sticks, but do not bend down or crouch. Raise your arms over head to appear large. If you are wearing a jacket, grab the corners, and lift it over your back like wings to appear larger. If approached, be aggressive; do not turn your back on the animal. Never run away.
Source: WildEarth Guardians
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Wow! I've had a bear run across the road in front of me while I was riding, and I've run into a chipmunk (doesn't really compare in terms of impact to a bear). Anybody have any "close encounters" with critters while riding that they want to share?