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Encountering Wild Animals on Walks?

1603 Views 19 Replies 15 Participants Last post by  Keechak
I know some of our members live in areas where they more regularly encounter wild animals, but I'm an urban dweller. The most "wild" animal I usually encounter is a skunk, and they're not so much wild as really annoying. So maybe someone less urban can help me.

Where I live is surrounded by mountains, so the outer edges of the city do occasionally get bears and mountain lions, but I live well into the city and have never seen anything like that. Until last night.

Kabota and I were almost home from our after work walk when I looked over and saw a black cat crouched against a car about 20 feet away. It was pure black with yellow eyes and strange, enlongated ears. It really caught my attention and I was staring at it when I realized that in order for the cat's back to hit the top of the hubcap on the car, the cat would have to be at least Kabota's size, 45lbs.

There are no housecats that big. Here's what I saw:

My question is, any tips for this sort of thing? Kabota didn't notice the bobcat, but if he had, he would have gone for it. He's not afraid. And while he's protected from rabies, I'd be on the other end of the 5' leash and I'm not vaxxed for rabies. Plus, I doubt I could get a bobcat off of Kabota in time to save his life if the bobcat decided to attack him. I'm also not sure that my "hit it over the head with a breakstick" technique will work as well for a wild cat as for a domesticated dog.

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Having lived in various country settings all over the country, I've found most healthy wildlife won't mess with a dog if a human is present..... usually. In fact, most problems I've experienced with animals on walks with the dogs have been with other dogs, usually feral or your disgruntled loose farm dog. Wild animals like bobcats will usually back off if you stand your ground. They don't see the point in getting injured by something that's going to put up a fight when there is other prey out there they could easily take down without getting injured. I use to carry a thing of bear mace, but given that doesn't always work, we got a non-lethal tazer.
. . . except for Coyotes, I'd agree with RCloud. Coyotes here have grabbed a Yorkie and a Pom mix with their owners within 30 feet, but there are also many days they are so close beside my back fence I could reach out and touch them.

I was rushed by a moose when my dogs were with me as well. (He actually rushed my dogs and my back was turned when it began . . . the indicator to look behind being the dogs running lickety split past me).


Well, yeah it depends on the size of the dog to I suppose. There have been times where we've practically tripped over Coyotes on walks, and they've always hauled ass away from us, if not immediately then after some shouting and threatening gestures. But I suppose it might be a different story if we had a small breed dog.
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