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Wary of wildlife


Postby overloaded » Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:43 pm

Next year (and for a few years afterwards), I am going to be walking as many Munros as possible. (Summer months only). It occurred to me that I am likely to come into contact with wildlife.
Is there any that I need to be wary of and if so what preparations should I make should I encounter them?
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Re: Wary of wildlife

Postby Mal Grey » Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:43 pm

overloaded wrote:Next year (and for a few years afterwards), I am going to be walking as many Munros as possible. (Summer months only). It occurred to me that I am likely to come into contact with wildlife.
Is there any that I need to be wary of and if so what preparations should I make should I encounter them?
Rob


Only the miniature stuff that wants to eat you; i.e. the midges, ticks, clegs and keds. A good insect repellent and consider a headnet for the times when they are bad, which is very dependent on conditions. If you're there a lot, though, at some point, you're going to get eaten!
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Re: Wary of wildlife

Postby nigheandonn » Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:51 pm

It's probably sensible to be mildly wary of cows, especially if you have a dog with you, but I'm sure there are plenty of those down your way! :)
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Re: Wary of wildlife

Postby LDPWalker » Wed Aug 19, 2020 2:04 pm

Hiya, you may encounter adders (I've seen a surprising number in the Scottish hills over the years), so don't go touching any of those! Give them a wide berth and you will not have any problems.

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Re: Wary of wildlife

Postby Caberfeidh » Wed Aug 19, 2020 3:08 pm

A badger might give you a nip, but they're tricky to catch to make them nip you. Some places have wild boar if you really want to get yourself worked up, but it's amazing how many people don't get attacked by them. Rutting stags can be a problem in autumn... http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=103&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=stag+nation&start=15#p13298
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Re: Wary of wildlife

Postby cantabrigian » Wed Aug 19, 2020 3:19 pm

nigheandonn wrote:It's probably sensible to be mildly wary of cows, especially if you have a dog with you, but I'm sure there are plenty of those down your way! :)


Cows can (albeit rarely) be fatal: Man, 82, killed in attack by herd of cows in Yorkshire dales
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Re: Wary of wildlife

Postby overloaded » Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:09 pm

Thank you everyone. no mention of big cats at all then :)
Given me plenty to think about there :)
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Re: Wary of wildlife

Postby Caberfeidh » Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:12 am

O we forgot to mention the big cats... :shock:
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Re: Wary of wildlife

Postby nigheandonn » Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:14 am

Isn't that Dartmoor?

I mean, there are some fairly big cats, although I think you'd be lucky to see one, but that's different from Big Cats. :)
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Re: Wary of wildlife

Postby CharlesT » Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:46 am

Caberfeidh wrote:O we forgot to mention the big cats... :shock:

Or, equally terrifying, Mr C roaming the hills with a bone saw! :shock:
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Re: Wary of wildlife

Postby Caberfeidh » Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:08 am

A guide to the horrors of Scottish wildlife:

Primordial Musk Ox Goat Beasts plus Otter.JPG
Primordial Yakky Musk-Ox Goat-Beasts


Adder#r.jpg
Adder, Glen Lui


Dunvegan seals close up.jpg
Ferocious sea-monsters


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Giant sharks. No teeth, but they'll give you a nasty suck...


Puddock.jpg
Weird Phantom Puddock of Castle Tioram


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Man eating fish, Inveraray. Pickled onion with that?


Badgers-livid#r.jpg
Badgers - ferocious, wild and livid.
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Re: Wary of wildlife

Postby Tringa » Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:06 am

One other to add - feral goat. I have never heard of anyone being butted/injured by one and all the ones I have seen passed me by with an air of disdain, but the males are the smelliest animals I have ever met :)

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Re: Wary of wildlife

Postby MaximusGreatest » Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:13 pm

LDPWalker wrote:Hiya, you may encounter adders (I've seen a surprising number in the Scottish hills over the years), so don't go touching any of those! Give them a wide berth and you will not have any problems.

Roger


Oh my Adders ..... :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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