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Critters car-munching at the trailhead.

Postby dave54 » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:54 pm

On another website there is a discussion about people returning to their vehicles parked at a trailhead and finding their brakelines, hoses, wiring, etc chewed by 4-legged visitors. I had tooth marks in a radiator hose once, at the 1000 Lakes Wilderness, but never had an incapacitated vehicle.

In a sense, we really cannot be angry at the wildlife. We can't blame them because a pile of tasty rubber and plastic suddenly appeared in their territory. :lol:

Anyone have any stories to share?
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Postby Shawn » Sat Jul 21, 2007 11:16 pm

Well, this is a repeat story, but why not.......

I was returning from a dayhike at Mineral King and looked down from the top of the switchbacks that afternoon to see my car, the only car at the trailhead, surrounded by car eating Marmots. Even though I was tired, I started jogging down the trail knowing I was a solid 5 to 10 minutes before I was in "yelling distance". I also had my keyfob in hand, thinking I could activate the horn on the car to scare the little chewing son of a guns away.

As I got to my car, they all ran off to the shrubs (I could hear 'em laughing though). I started the engine to make sure I wasn't stuck, and while it ran I went about taking off my backpack, changing shoes and so forth. I got into the drivers seat and was about to leave when it occurred to me I had not looked under the hood. So...I got out and popped the hood. After about two seconds, this big, fat red-headed Marmot popped his head up from the back of the engine compartment and shot out of there like a bat out of hell. It was then I noticed what he had for lunch while I was out hiking.
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Postby hikerduane » Mon Jul 23, 2007 2:51 am

:lol:
Piece of cake.
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Mama and Her Tupperware

Postby MamaBear » Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:48 pm

When I was about 5, I remember our family camping with a big group of friends up at Crater Lake. I remember my Mom walking to the trunk of the car and finding a bear biting into here Tupperware containers in hopes of finding food. She yanked the lid out of the bear's mouth and proceeded to swat him with it. She successfully scared him off.

I have no earthly idea what possessed her to do that. I just guess she liked here Tupperware. I remember we still used that lid long after with the teeth marks still in it.

I was little, but I do remember that. :)
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Postby mountaineer » Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:04 pm

Last year I went up to Mineral King and when I came down the trail I saw the critters under my car. I retrieved the pistol out of my pack and, with the silencer attached, dispatched two of the critters before I saw a car coming up the road. Luckily, the hose they ate was one I had brought a replacement for.
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Postby Shawn » Tue Jul 24, 2007 7:43 am

mountaineer wrote:Last year I went up to Mineral King and when I came down the trail I saw the critters under my car. I retrieved the pistol out of my pack and, with the silencer attached, dispatched two of the critters before I saw a car coming up the road. Luckily, the hose they ate was one I had brought a replacement for.


Why didn't I think of that!
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Postby dave54 » Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:01 am

mountaineer wrote:Last year I went up to Mineral King and when I came down the trail I saw the critters under my car. I retrieved the pistol out of my pack and, with the silencer attached, ...


Many of us carry a firearm in the backcountry on occasion, but a silencer?
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Postby mountaineer » Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:01 am

Just yanking your chain. :)
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Postby dave54 » Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:20 pm

Too bad. I was hoping you would share how to make a small lightweight inexpensive home-made silencer.
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Postby mountaineer » Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:05 am

dave54 wrote:Too bad. I was hoping you would share how to make a small lightweight inexpensive home-made silencer.


I know how, but I won't share. :)
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Postby SSSdave » Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:57 am

Marmots in Mineral King ignore my old dirty grubby 94 Subaru engine. I went on two backpacks there this summer without any "visits" as usual. I'd speculate that the only cars that really are in danger in MK are those with new rubber and plastic parts because such synthetics tend to outgas with a strong probably pleasing to rodent smells. Also cars that have leaky radiator fluid lines are asking for it because some fluids are reportedly naturally somewhat sweet although poisonous.

Last year I did have an interesting rodent story that invaded my vehicle while down in Antelope Valley for spring wildflowers. From my homepage one could select the "April 2006 Wildflower Trip..." story or just go to the below link then scroll down to the Thursday April 20 episode that also includes a hillarious pic of the beast. ...David


http://www.davidsenesac.com/SoCal_4-17-06/SoCal_4-17-06.htm
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Postby MamaBear » Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:05 am

sssdave, Mountaineer,

I visited both of your sites. Your photography is awesome!
Mountaineer, I've seen yours before, but it's been a while.

GREAT stuff!
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