For real stay away from a Moose

I just wrote yesterday about Moose being in a rut and that you need to keep your eyes open for them crossing the road when you drive. I drive a Mini Cooper if I hit a moose I'm fried toast.  You also need to be aware when you are hiking.  A bull moose is nothing you want to come across on your hike.  They are HUGE.  It got me thinking about all the other scary animals we have in New Hampshire.


Rabid Animals


Since I have moved up North, I have come across more than a few articles about rabid foxes and even one about a rabid bat that was stuck in someone’s iPad Case.  I am a bit afraid of wildlife since I am a city boy.  My wife isn’t scared of anything.  Once, when we moved into a house with a backyard, I called her to the window to see the world's largest squirrel.  She informed me it was a groundhog, or as she grew up calling them, a ‘whistle pig.’  That’s where my education on wild animals began.  I am terrified of getting rabies from a wild animal, so she told me if I come across an animal on the hikes that come close to me, it’s probably sick, and stay away from it.  I avoid getting eaten by a Great White Shark off the coast of New Hampshire, Maine, and especially Massachusetts by not swimming at the beach.


The Smallest ones are the Deadliest


I also wrote about the bobcat/mountain lion controversy that continues in New Hampshire with people that SWEAR they have seen mountain lions and Fish and Game saying no one has brought them proof yet.  I still use caution.  If I get mauled by a mountain lion or a bobcat, I doubt the identification of the species that mauled me will really matter.  She tells me that I make so much noise when I hike that most animals know to stay away, and the real danger is from the animals I don’t suspect like ticks and mosquitos.  More people die from mosquito-borne illnesses than others.  I guess I will lather on the insect repellent and wear my hat next time I hike.



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