What is your most memorable wildlife sighting?


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Mountain climber
32N 117W
Feb 11, 2019 - 03:50am PT
An American Marten in the Desolation Wilderness west of Lake Tahoe

California Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis santacruzae) on Santa Cruz Island

Scruffy-looking Coyote wandering by completely ignoring me near Bench Lake on the east side of the Sierra

Bald Eagle near Luellen Lake in Banff National Park, Canada. I got to watch it go fishing.

Baby Deer in the Catskill Mountains, New York

A cute Pika collecting food near Tower Mountain in the Cascades, Washington


Social climber
Grumpy Ridge
Feb 11, 2019 - 08:56am PT

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:01am PT
Wow, TFPU the images!
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
Feb 11, 2019 - 10:01am PT
Wow, where to begin.....
A pod of whales surfacing within 10 feet of me sea-kayaking off the south coast of Hawaii (AKA the Big Island).

Riding my bicycle home to the rental house on a moonless night in Maine and encountering a moose in the middle of the road; we both startled one another an he galloped straight down the road within a foot of me until he peeled off to go crashing through the woods.

Riding my motorcycle south of Steamboat Springs when a bear came tearing out of the woods on a collision course with me; I rolled on the throttle and missed him by about 1 foot.

Stepping around a huge boulder on Mt Evans and coming literally face to face with a mountain goat.

Coming upon two rattlesnakes entwined in coitus on a trail - that was actually very cool.

Social climber
The Deli
Feb 11, 2019 - 06:08pm PT

Great photos!

Around midday today, I looked out my office window, and whadaya know, there’s a horse walking up my snowy driveway. It’s been over a week since I saw them last, and they are back. I was very happy to see that the foal is still with them, and looks just fine, with a bit more fuzz and a tail that is starting to fill out.


Social climber
Feb 11, 2019 - 07:29pm PT
Last week we saw a Bobcat run across the road just as we were crossing the Namekagon R. and the a day or two later we saw a Fisher scurry across the ski trail. 3rd Fisher I have seen.

Mountain climber
Timbers of Fennario
Feb 11, 2019 - 07:34pm PT
Toler, you are hilarious and I'm from Virginia.

Was buying some herb from a guy in CO years ago that had an orphaned fawn in his yard. Got to hold it, it snuggled up, sucked on my ear. Boy, did that story get me laid that night. With a woman, not the deer.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Feb 13, 2019 - 01:41pm PT
Last week on the Columbia River between Chelan and Wenatchee. My most memorable sighting, though, was when I was practicing survival in the Los Padres Nat'l Forest in California as a teenager in the late 60s. I was trying to sleep on a bed of coals covered with sand. Was with my father and brother. They were sleeping normal style in bags. I woke up or rolled over for maybe the hundredth time at maybe 2:00 in the morning and there was a cougar just on the other side of our packs less than 10 feet away. I had a revolver and was just reaching for it when the cougar ambled away with no fear at all.

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 13, 2019 - 05:50pm PT

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 14, 2019 - 08:13am PT
Top three from BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year comp:

Peoples’ Choice Winner - Bond of Brothers

King penguins on Falklands beach

Urban fox in London meets his graffiti mate


Big Wall climber
Republic, WA
Feb 14, 2019 - 08:26am PT
Not my most memorable but it happened just last week. There is a large group of wild turkeys that roost in some trees near my house. There are groups of them wandering all around this time of year. Early one morning recently I saw a Bald Eagle swoop over and land in the trees right near the turkeys. They started making some weird calls that I've never heard from turkeys and then utter quiet. Two more adolescent Eagles(no white heads) soared above. Crows all over the place were making a racket. I watched for twenty minutes or so but didn't see any turkeys go down. I imagine a turkey is no easy prey for an eagle as they are never alone.

Trad climber
Feb 14, 2019 - 08:44am PT
This morning, I saw an owl swoop through my backyard, making evasive turns... with two crows in pursuit. Not most memorable. But it definitely made an impression.

Trad climber
Red Rock
Feb 14, 2019 - 08:51am PT
Not the most memorable but happened just this past Sunday in middle of nowhere nevadastan

Big Wall climber
Republic, WA
Feb 14, 2019 - 08:55am PT
Bighorns! I had my first sighting last summer near the Kettle River where I was fishing. It made me smile. Majestic looking beasts.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 14, 2019 - 11:04am PT
Did someone say Bighorns?

4 Corners Area
Feb 26, 2019 - 03:11pm PT

Mountain climber
Feb 26, 2019 - 03:23pm PT
Indeed there are, Reeotch! I didn't know that until 2016, when I saw a couple in the Weminuche, in a swamp right next to the train tracks along the Animas. I think they were reintroduced there sometime in the 1990s.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 26, 2019 - 03:48pm PT
Damn, Reotch, a 6 legged moose!

A long way from where I started
Feb 26, 2019 - 03:56pm PT
Damn, Reotch, a 6 legged moose!

Damn, Reilly, learn to count. It's an 8-legged moose!

Trad climber
moab UT
Feb 27, 2019 - 10:59am PT
about fifteen years ago, in a remote canyon near Jackson, my dog and I skied upon a moose giving birth. It was all I could do to restrain her as she sensed blood and vulnerability . I had to make a leash out of my scarf and hold on for dear life... Pretty cool.
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