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Big cat sighting at Alafia
« on: May 24, 2009, 08:39:13 PM »
Almost ran into a big cat on Rollercoaster today.  Came hauling ass around a corner and about four feet in front of me I saw a beige blur leaping from the trail into the woods to my left.  It was moving so fast that at first I thought I had scared the crap out of a small deer.  It stopped about 20-ft away, turned, and croutched staring at me as I passed by.  It was a nice sized panther (definately not a bobcat...way too big to be a bobcat and had the typical FL Panther facial features).  I didn't think it was wise to stop to take a photo due to my proximity to the animal.  Thought it was pretty cool to finally see one in the wild. 
 
Another 50-ft down the trail a very large piece of tree got caught in my rear wheel.  I had to dismount and it took a good five minutes to get it out.  All I could think about were those hikers killed/mauled by cougers in CA.  Granted a FL Panther is relatively shy...but when you are alone in the woods all sorts of stupid thoughts start going through your head.   ;D
« Last Edit: May 24, 2009, 08:41:31 PM by Alan »

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Re: Big cat sighting at Alafia
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2009, 08:50:03 PM »
I didn't think it was wise to stop to take a photo due to my proximity to the animal.

Where's your sense of adventure?? LOL
 
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Re: Big cat sighting at Alafia
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2009, 08:50:57 PM »
Closest we got to one was at Boyette. One of the girls in our group saw one off in the distance. As far as other wildlife, I was third in line as we approached the peninsula at Buzzard's Bay. Big ole gator was sunning himself right in the middle of the trail. He sort of picked his head up and looked over. Never saw five large guys move so fast in my life. :D

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Re: Big cat sighting at Alafia
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2009, 09:02:19 PM »
Every time I make that blind turn I start making my precense known in advance :o ;D

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Re: Big cat sighting at Alafia
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2009, 09:02:31 PM »
Never saw five large guys move so fast in my life. :D

That gator tends to do that to people.  He picks a hell of a spot to work on his tan.  But if you bunny hop him, you can finish riding the trail.  ;)
 
I did see some wildlife today at Alafia as well.  Nothing as spectacular as Alan's panther though.  Saw a nice sized (for Florida) deer off to the right as you exit North Creek and start across the sugar sand up to the double track.  Also saw a hawk perched on one of the signs as you're riding the double track past North Creek on the way to Bridges.  Slowfatguy, myself, and a few others stopped to admire him, just before he took a big shizzit and flew away.  :D
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Re: Big cat sighting at Alafia
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2009, 10:48:13 PM »
It stopped about 20-ft away, turned, and croutched staring at me as I passed by.  It was a nice sized panther (definately not a bobcat...way too big to be a bobcat and had the typical FL Panther facial features).  I didn't think it was wise to stop to take a photo due to my proximity to the animal. 

What's really interesting to me is that because they're so stealthy and reclusive every time one is seen probably means that a whole pile of people have passed right by one without ever seeing it (but you can be sure that it's a safe bet that it sees them).

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Re: Big cat sighting at Alafia
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2009, 09:08:04 AM »
I've seen a 2 lizards mating.

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Re: Big cat sighting at Alafia
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2009, 10:08:32 AM »
I've seen a 2 lizards mating.

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Re: Big cat sighting at Alafia
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2009, 02:42:47 PM »
No cat sightings today... Rode sand pine, rock garden, bridges, north creek, and river loop, no wild animals at all...

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Re: Big cat sighting at Alafia
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2009, 05:50:27 PM »
 a florida panther is actually a couger but that is what they call them when they live in Florida. The couger attacks out West are a little scary when you look at it that way. :o

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Re: Big cat sighting at Alafia
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2009, 06:15:47 PM »
I saw a couple of cougars at the grocery store today... oops wrong kind.

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Re: Big cat sighting at Alafia
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2009, 06:16:58 PM »
 :D
 
I think those "cougars" are more predatory than the 4-legged kind
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Re: Big cat sighting at Alafia
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2009, 06:25:53 PM »
I think they were getting ready for a run... cart was loaded up with Ensure and Altoids.

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Re: Big cat sighting at Alafia
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2009, 08:10:46 PM »
Thats not a cougar thats a badger.

30 to 50  Cougar
50 to 60 Badger
60 plus is a WOLVERINE!!!

Hey, Seriously though.  Cat's are stalker/predators.  As they grow used to seeing riders they may get the urge to attack.

Is there any chance of that going on at Boyette?

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Re: Big cat sighting at Alafia
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2009, 08:22:16 PM »
I guess it could happen but there has never been a documented attack by a panther in Florida on a human.
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