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bears - August 23, 2016, 02:23 PM

since i started riding trails, ive always wondered what are the chances, if any, coming across a bear. Ive come across a bear family on skyline drive before (as well as deals gap), and seeing how taskers and cove is near, i wonder if there are any bears out there (partly because I tend to rest on the side of trails often and enjoy checking out the nature) Or any other carnivores. Anyone come across anything cool before?

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You might see a bear, they are certainly in the area, but I think your bike would likely scare them off before you get too close. The only other Predator I think you may run into is a coyote.

I know when I hunted in VA I saw a few bears.
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We saw a bear cub out at Taskers a few years ago. Never saw mama though.


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The only other Predator I think you may run into is a coyote.
Ive heard the coyote population is expanding, even all the way down to nova. Hell, I saw a coyote family in the parking lot at work in falls church
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Ive heard the coyote population is expanding, even all the way down to nova. Hell, I saw a coyote family in the parking lot at work in falls church
I don't doubt it. I think that in some parts of VA there is even a Bounty on Coyotes.
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Leave the coyotes alone, they aren't hurting anyone. Just bring your cats in at night.

The only animal in North America you have to worry about are the 2 legged kind.
Attacks from wild animal are statistically non-existent, that goes for sharks too.
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I've run in to 3 while riding and 1 at my house in Gainesville/Haymarket/Catharpin. All of them ran away as fast as they could once they realized I was there. I don't think you have much to worry about.


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... Or any other carnivores. Anyone come across anything cool before?
There are black bears in VA, but I don't think they're overly common.

I used to do a lot of camping in upstate NY and we would see black bears a lot; they would often raid our camps in the middle of the night! haha! It was so funny hearing and then seeing them smash everything!

We used to setup mud pits with a can of peanut butter in the middle so in the morning we could measure their paw prints to identify, how many bears, size and sex.

I quoted the carnivore comment because black bears are omnivores and scavengers, they eat like 90% plants and feed on dead things when possible. They rarely kill anything, and will only get aggressive if cornered or if they have bear cubs.

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There was a black bear on the FDA campus in Silver Spring a few weeks ago. He stayed for a couple days, hanging out near the child care center, then moved on. I imagine a bear living in the dc area never goes hungry.
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Leave the coyotes alone, they aren't hurting anyone. Just bring your cats in at night.

The only animal in North America you have to worry about are the 2 legged kind.
Attacks from wild animal are statistically non-existent, that goes for sharks too.
I've gotten recommendations about boundaries. They've told me that, thanks to the near elimination of wolves, the coyotes have expanded out of the southwest. That since they're filling the niche left by wolf eradication they're still establishing territories. packs and hunting-methodologies.

The recommendation was to use a variety of noise tactics to establish your boundaries/territory (like your yard) because anything else and the animal(s) will 'claim' it as theirs. If that happens you can be attacked for 'encroaching on their territory' by entering your own yard.

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I just read an article on coyotes: How the Most Hated Animal in America Outwitted Us All
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The article had this - "Coyotes have been living in cities in America for at least a thousand years."



I think there may be something wrong with that assertion.


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The article had this - "Coyotes have been living in cities in America for at least a thousand years."



I think there may be something wrong with that assertion.

There's South America too you know.


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