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2015-05-16 8:08 PM


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Running last night around 9:00 in the neighborhood. Saw a bat flying around and shortly later it buzzed uncomfortably close to my head. Didnt touch me but could feel it go by. Freaked me out! Anyone ever have a similar experience? Makes me nervous with the buggers flying by. I dont want to get hit.


2015-05-17 1:57 AM
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Happens all the time here if I am running or even walking at twilight. I tend to avoid a few places where I know they congregate at that time. It's unsettling but have never been attacked or heard of that happening to anyone. I believe they eat mosquitoes, so they're good!
2015-05-17 7:52 PM
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I do majority of my runs at 4:00 AM so I see a lot of bats. Been buzzed but never worried about them. I was clawed by am Owl one morning that left bloody scratches on my head. I avoid that area now since I know there is an owl nest in that location.
2015-05-18 10:39 AM
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I wouldn't worry about it. They know exactly how big you are and completely beyond any value to them. But you want them in your neighborhood. A little brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitos in an hour. One of the best ways to control the flying insect population in your area is to promote bat habitats.

Go ahead and enjoy your run.
2015-05-18 11:04 AM
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Originally posted by Stuartap

I wouldn't worry about it. They know exactly how big you are and completely beyond any value to them. But you want them in your neighborhood. A little brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitos in an hour. One of the best ways to control the flying insect population in your area is to promote bat habitats.

Go ahead and enjoy your run.


I was going to say it probably ate the mosquito that was about to bite you!
2015-05-18 11:13 AM
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Yes exactly what I was thinking. Still Internet + unsettling event = worst possible disease/outcomeIt probably happened plenty times before o just didn't realize or as tuned to it as I was this time.


2015-05-19 1:52 PM
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Not a bat, but I swear some bugs who feel like they are as big as bats bounce off of me while riding.
2015-05-22 12:34 PM
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When I lived up north as a kid we used to play outside at dusk by throwing a ball up in the air and watching the bats dive bomb it. They get close to you, but never hit anyone that I saw. Nothing to worry about.

Now that I live in the Keys, I have to worry about these guys: giant blue land crabs. Certain times of the year they are EVERYWHERE. When I run before it's light they get freaked out and run across the path in front of me, claw outstretched as they go by. As many times as it has happened, it still scares the daylights out of me. I never thought I was much of a hurdler, but believe me, I manage when prompted!

Also, if you run over one on your bike, it's a guaranteed flat.





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2015-05-22 1:02 PM
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Originally posted by 3mar

When I lived up north as a kid we used to play outside at dusk by throwing a ball up in the air and watching the bats dive bomb it. They get close to you, but never hit anyone that I saw. Nothing to worry about.

Now that I live in the Keys, I have to worry about these guys: giant blue land crabs. Certain times of the year they are EVERYWHERE. When I run before it's light they get freaked out and run across the path in front of me, claw outstretched as they go by. As many times as it has happened, it still scares the daylights out of me. I never thought I was much of a hurdler, but believe me, I manage when prompted!

Also, if you run over one on your bike, it's a guaranteed flat.




Too funny...I seen coyotes, foxes, rabbits, deer, owls, and skunks but never thought about land crabs. Put a smile on my face thinking about you hurdling them.
2015-05-22 2:15 PM
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If it ain't one thing it's another. Crabs look like a force to be reckoned with. We used to do that with bats back in the day too. Never really though much about them until it's on their terms.
2015-05-22 3:47 PM
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I got buzzed by a Hawk whilst on a run a few years ago.  Actually the first pass was a 'fly by' but the second time it hit me.  Nearly knocked me off my feet it was so powerful.  Apparently it had been doing to other runner too as it made the local paper.



2015-05-22 5:02 PM
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There are a lot of critters around here especially on the trails just outside of town.  There is a path along the waterfront that has a few sections where at twilight small bats will swoop around you.  In the small lake I swim in I've had a bald eagle buzz me.  Thankfully I think he was just checking me out and saw I was too big to eat.  On a trail I almost ran into a porcupine while running with a few friends.  I've had snakes, rabbits, squirrels, deer cross my path.

 

2015-05-22 5:25 PM
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My most exciting wildlife encounter in SE Asia has been a big monitor lizard (visualize a medium-sized dog, but it's a lizard) while running in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. I don't know who was more freaked out....me, or the lizard. We both came to a dead halt, stared at the other party in shock for a few seconds, made 180 degree turns, and went back the way we came! Stupid, but I didn't even realize Singapore HAD any wildlife outside the zoo.
2015-05-23 6:02 AM
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The same thing happenend to me while biking. I felt a bug in my hair, try to swoop it, end Up touching a bat which probably ended Up eating the thing.

It is increadbly light with a very soft fur! Beside the surprise, i was actually glad to have experienced it.

On the other and, i had a bird hit me once. I definitly perfer the bat. Much more agile, harmless and, as other said, usefull for the moskitos.
2015-05-23 6:07 AM
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*On the other hand...

Sorry for the typo!
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