What is your best up-close-and-personal wildlife encounter?

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  • commented 2017-08-14 13:41:19 -0700
    Was walking home from Vanier high school on the trails behind Hyland Crescent and from the bush comes a coyote. He was in arms reach and we stared each other down for what seemed like eternity. I never moved in fear of startling him. Thankfully he lost interest and turned back the way he came. .
  • commented 2017-08-14 10:28:12 -0700
    Camped at Duo Lakes. Camp cooking and food storage a quarter mile apart

    Woke up to Griz in food. He ignored the meat and veggies. He was scared off by the pot and Dutch Oven percussion section

    Missing: six bagels
  • commented 2017-08-14 09:49:01 -0700
    Golfing at the course just outside of Dawson City is always a Yukon adventure. I have watched a raven scoop up my pretty pink ball from the fairway and fly away with it. A beautiful black fox sits waiting by the 8th hole grabbing our balls off the green and disappearing into the bush with them. A lynx once sauntered across the fairway as I teed up. A grizzly killed a baby moose and left it on the 9th hole T box cutting short our game that day.
  • commented 2017-08-14 09:27:53 -0700
    In the summer of 1972, I was working at Wolf Creek detention centre, shift work. After working the night shift, i drove out to a cabin where some friends were working in the bush for their boss. Arriving as they were just getting ready to leave for work, they told me there was a young black bear around and it had, in fact, been clawing at the siding. Now this is just a small one room cabin, about 10×12 feet with the door on one side near a corner. After my friends left, I lay down to sleeep on the couch which was against the wall farthest from the door, which i had left open because it was hot by then. After a bit, i woke with a start to find the bear inside the cabin, raiding the garbage can. I probably made some noise when i woke up(!) but luckily he knew where the door was, and he hightailed out of there!
  • commented 2017-08-14 08:28:11 -0700
    Charlie’s Angels meet young black bear: Four ladies went out to hike White Mountain and were a little off course. Once discovering this they turned around to see a young black bear on the trail. All four whipped out their bear spray looking like Charlie’s Angels. Not sure if we all let them off at once what would have happened. We decided to look big and yell at the bear. We thought he left so we walked further down the trail until we spotted a big clearing on the hill and could see the Atlin road below. We waited for awhile before a brief bush wacking down the hill to get on the road. We walked back to the vehicle but on the way, there he was sitting in the ditch waiting for us…peek-a-boo! Soon a tourist in a big motor home finally arrived and we told them our predicament. They wanted to see the bear, we said to step out as we were sure he would come again. Needless to say, a great story with a happy ending and a great Yukon story from when I lived there.
  • commented 2017-08-06 11:03:01 -0700
    I was a nurse at the Ross River nursing station, on a day off, driving out to Whitehorse . At the Emergency Landing Strip ( a lovely green field.) I saw a Grizzly ahead of me, munching away not noticing me. So, I stopped and. bravely took the camera and walked slowly ahead of my truck to get a shot, then further ahead for another one. I glanced back to check on the distance back to the truck, and there they were, two more grizzlies ,on the road behind behind it, walking towards it and me. A hell and a sprint got me back into the truck and speeding away. Later I realized that they were probably older cubs just curious about the truck and me. But I certainly didn’t hang around to find out!
  • commented 2017-08-06 09:37:12 -0700
    My family was on a fly-in hunting trip when I was 14. We spent the day hiking and climbing the mountains around our base camp in search of caribou. We were enjoying the view of the mountains around us when we saw some patches of ice/snow on the north face of a mountain across a small valley from us. There was a group of 5 or 6 woodland caribou there as well. What was interesting was that they were running to the top of the snow patch and sliding down on their bums! They’d slide down, get up, and scamper to the top and slide down again. We sat and just watched them for a long time, enjoying their play time with absolute amazement. We had no idea that caribou played like that and couldn’t bear to ruin their fun. We moved on to another area and left them to their play. It was a magical experience and we still talk about it 26 years later.
  • commented 2017-08-04 21:07:13 -0700
    I was fishing at the Hidden Lakes and caught a small Kokanee Salmon. As I went to return the fish to the lake a Golden Eagle came out of nowhere and began circling about 3 feet above my head. The eagle landed on a nearby tree and continued to watch me for around 5 minutes before flying away. Later that night I caught another fish and the same eagle suddenly appeared, again circling right above my head. Although I didn’t catch any more fish that night the eagle still followed me closely for the rest of the night, watching me from nearby trees. It was a pretty awesome experience!
  • commented 2017-08-04 20:36:15 -0700
    My best friend and I were running along the north Klondike highway, training for the Klondike road relay near girzzly valley, when we saw a grizzly bear in the ditch about 80 feet in front of us. He stood up on his hind legs sniffing; I’m sure we smelled less than fresh. There was no place for us to really go so we flagged down a car and hitched a ride past the bear…and past the large hill we were going to have to run up :)
  • commented 2017-08-04 13:57:16 -0700
    While sitting on the side of the Dempster, changing a tire, I heard something moving behind me. I turn around and there is a ground squirrel sneaking up on me. As I am jacking my truck up I suddenly feel something touching my lower back. All of a sudden I have a ground squirrel running up my back and onto my shoulder. He just sat there for a bit while I kept jacking my truck up (big truck, took a long time to jack up). Eventually the little fur ball moved down into my lap and stayed there until I finished. While changing the tire the squirrel just ran around the truck, watching me.

    When I was a child there were always chipmunks around the house so they were always friendly. You expect it then as they are used to humans. This incident on the Dempster was in the middle of nowhere though. No rest stop for miles. I don’t know how much human contact that squirrel had previously.

    It was nice having a furry friend for my unscheduled stop.
  • commented 2017-08-04 13:35:39 -0700
    The first weekend after I moved here I had a gone for a walk up the Black Street stairs and along the clay cliffs to take some photos and got the distinct feeling I was being followed. Turns out there was a coyote a few metres behind me. I stopped, somewhat alarmed but knowing not to run. He curiously walked up to me, sniffed around me and then sat down in front on me. (I have photo proof). After a few moments passed he sauntered off and was pouncing around in the snow. Amused by how dog like he acted, I threw a snowball up into the air to see what he would do. He chased after it, pounced on it and then looked back at me. I stood there for quite a while tossing snowballs up into the air and watching him chase after them. Eventually something in the trees caught his attention he wandered away.

    This seemed to be the beginning of a long list of foxes and coyotes that used to join me on my Saturday morning runs. Sauntering along behind me.