Close Encounter With A Bear

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Dennis L's Comment
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I had a close encounter with a large Black Bear this evening in central KY. I was driving west from London to Horse Cave on Cumberland Pkwy.

About sundown a large bear ran across the Hwy from left to right at full speed. I managed to slowdown enough with an empty trailer to just “barely” miss it.

It was a close call. I was excited to see a bear, but also scared that I’d hit it.

No traffic behind me and I didn’t swerve to left lane to avoid it. Just braked to slow down.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Good for you missing the bear, that could'a been an ugly mess. Now ya see why some places have signs out "Bear Crossing" lol I used to laugh when I saw those signs, thinkin' "yeah ok"


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Old School's Comment
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Dennis, I always thought it would be cool seeing a bear on the road. In my years of driving, I've seen three bears. Unfortunately, each of them were dead from their close encounter with a fast moving vehicle. One of them lay strategically blocking two lanes of traffic. When I got up to where I could see what was holding us up, they were hooking a wrecker to the bear so they could drag him off the highway.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Thank God you didn't hit it!

Several years ago I was in Eastern Washington state, up in the mountains, and saw a massive grizzly run across the road. I had never seen one in real life. It was so big it was surreal, like I was watching a Disney fantasy movie. My brain did the math and thought, "Nope. I can't be seeing that right."

But I was. That thing was the size of a small horse. Even on all four legs, it was the height of a small car, and running at a speed that also didn't seem possible.

Big bears and big cats are the scariest animals. They can even run up a tree faster than we can run across flat land. You literally can't do anything to defend yourself short of a gun, which would only make a big grizzly even more angry.


Banks's Comment
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I see bears all spring and summer. I've had some close calls driving my car. Bears and deer everywhere. I hear most of them are suicidal and I tend to believe it.

I ran over a deer carcass last year. It ripped out my wheel well cover, skid plate and broke a clip on my bumper.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Only critter I've ever ran over, besides, squirrels n rabbits crossing the roads was a goat! Working for Nissan forklifts was going home in my service van. The van weighed a lot with all my stock parts, tools etc E-350 diesel type.

So I exit the I-15 at the top of Cajon Pass, and use the Oak Hills, side road along the freeway to Ranchero Rd. I'm doing maybe 60, ahead I see 2 goats (someones escaped pets) they are next to the fence along the freeway. As I get closer, last minute, they decide to run back across into the brush. I hit the brakes best I could, and *Smack* hit the big goats back end with the front right corner of my bumper. I saw it kinda fling up, I saw it's hind quarters were tore up!! I stopped, but they were both gone....

Ahead of me was a car with 4 women in it, they turned around, and 1 tells me "Oh you need to find n help that goat or call someone" lol....I said "Yeah ok sure thing lady pffffft"......My buddy said I shoulda scooped it up, we could'a had some goat tacos hahaha

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I clicked thinking you almost got a ticket! lol

Glad you missed him.

Sandman J's Comment
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I clicked thinking you almost got a ticket! lol

Glad you missed him.

I thought the same thing!

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