Too Many Wild Animals

We were on our way home from Spokane Monday night when I saw a large, dark shape run in front of the car ahead of us.  The next moment I saw it go up into the air and then off the road.  The car slowed to a stop and we pulled over behind it.  Whatever had been hit, was a large animal…we thought it was most likely a moose.  The driver was not injured, thanks to the airbag in her car, but her windshield was completely crushed from the impact. She was covered with small bits of glass and had many tiny cuts, but no large ones. […]

We put her in our car and covered her with a sleeping bag we always carry in the winter.  Noah called 911 and before long a sheriff and ambulance arrived.  The sheriff checked and found a moose, as we suspected. Needless to say, we were very thankful that the driver was not injured and that we were not involved in the accident.

Not nearly as dramatic, but a bit startling, this morning Russ and I were running and I saw a small animal on the side of the road.  It was dark, but I could see that it had a fluffy tail, it turned slightly and I suddenly saw a white stripe down its back.  I grabbed Russ’ arm, whispered, “Skunk!” and pulled him to a stop.  We slowly backed away until the skunk headed in a different direction.  Even then we walked slowly, until we couldn’t see it any longer, before we began running again.

Running in the dark is always an adventure.  One morning last week I nearly stepped on a pheasant in our pasture that flew up in front of me.  I screeched and grabbed Russ, who laughed.  I didn’t even see the pheasant!  The next day I let Russ lead the way down the path with his headlamp shining before us.

I still get nervous when I think of the moose who spent a day in our pasture a couple of years ago.  You can see it in the picture above.

I love living out of town, but sometimes it pushes me past my comfort level.

Do you have a wild animal story to share?

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

23 Comments

  1. Dawn
    February 17, 2010

    Yep, I have sometimes in the summer done early morning swims- that still dark type time. Just as I was getting out…….I saw a snake in the pool!!!! Wow- I have never moved so fast in my life!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      February 17, 2010

      Dawn, snakes freak me out completely. They move far too fast!

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  2. Brianna
    February 17, 2010

    Oh goodness that photo is crazy!

    I do have some wild animal stories, because I grew up out in the country. Rattlesnakes were the scariest thing. One day there was a snake IN OUR HOUSE that i literally stepped right over. (Not a rattler though, thankfully!)

    We'd seen mountain lions and many a coyote come up into our yard as well. It's amazing, but also a bit creepy! 🙂

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      February 17, 2010

      Brianna, I think I would be over the edge with a mountain lion in my yard – I would be so afraid to send the kids out to play.

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  3. Sarah
    February 17, 2010

    I got all my kiddos napping and had a few minutes to check out your beautiful new blog! I love the family photos! What a handsome bunch.

    Even in town we get skunks, racoons, and I've nearly had a heart attack a few nights when deer have been walking around by the back door. I'm sure it's someone trying to break in. I'd much rather have fake deer intruders than real ones. Hugs! Sarah

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      February 17, 2010

      Sarah, thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Eileen
    February 17, 2010

    Our closest neighbor reported that they saw a cougar on our land. I'm so thankful I didn't see it! That was a couple of years ago and I still get nervous if I hear a twig snap in the woods…. especially in the evening–hunting time. Or is it early morning? I should look into that.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      February 17, 2010

      Eileen, I had to laugh… yes a little research is probably in order. My moose is looking pretty mild and tame compared to mountain lions and cougars.

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  5. Nancy
    February 18, 2010

    I unexpectedly came up (20 yards-ish) on the most beautiful cinnamon bear a couple years ago. He was so big and healthy and just looked me dead in the eye for a bit, (only a few seconds that felt like 15 minutes) till he sauntered across the road. I was froze stiff from fear. Later we found that he was living under a neighbor's porch as an easy den and sadly he was taken down. He was such a gorgeous creature.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      February 18, 2010

      Nancy – Wow! My moose is looking like a kitten about now. We had an up close encounter with a bear in the mountains of Montana. We were completely safe, since we were inside, but the bear was right against the windows of the house so we got to enjoy the unique experience. He hung around for over an hour before wandering off.

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  6. Paula
    February 18, 2010

    We live in a lake development, but out in the country, and we are one of only a few year round residents. We don't have moose, but we have deer, coyotes and every small animal imaginable. I have started calling my car the Death Mobile, because of all the small animals who have flung themselves across my path to their doom. It makes me sad, because I love animals, but they can be so suicidal. Since moving into our house two years ago, I have also had a snake in my garage and a snake in my house. I like snakes fine outside. That is two snakes in MY LIVING SPACE. Not acceptable. My husband came across a bear once while running in Michigan.

    We love the wildlife here, especially the bald eagles and the spectacular display of migratory water fowl in the spring.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      February 18, 2010

      Paula, it sounds like you live in a beautiful area.

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  7. Lori
    February 18, 2010

    Last summer we had a family of baby skunks that liked to hang out by our back door eating up the cat food. Allison came home late one night to discover about 8 of them scurrying around. They're really cute to watch from inside, but a bit intimidating when they are blocking your entry to the house.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      February 18, 2010

      Lori, skunks are definitely not favorite of mine!

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  8. jen
    February 18, 2010

    Usually the only wild "animals" we have around here are my own children! But just before Christmas a northern harrier scared a dove into running into our sliding glass door then proceeded to sit in our yard, just outside the door, and EAT him. It was a great science lesson for the kids.

    My grandparents (who used to live minutes from us) used to get coyote that would come up on their deck at night – kind of creepy.

    I would love, love, love to see a moose that close, though I can't say that I'd like for it to be MY yard! 😉

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      February 18, 2010

      Jen, I always find those sort of science lessons to be painful!! I'm not a big fan of coyotes…sometimes we can hear them howling near our house, but I haven't seen any in our yard or pasture.

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  9. Wendy
    February 19, 2010

    I love that moose picture! Living in Alaska in the middle of a National forest, we're used to wild animals lurking. We've seen coyote, wolf, and moose right on or near our property, and plenty of bear sign on the vacant property adjacent to ours. Thankfully, we have an amazing dog who keeps us, our goats, and our chickens safe! The kids know that when Sophie (our St. Bernard/Great Pyr/Newfoundland mix) starts barking, to get in the house!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      February 19, 2010

      Wendy, I suspect your wildlife is more exciting than ours. Russ would love to live in Alaska. Our daughter, Sweet Pea, plans to do her OB rotation in Alaska and we hope to visit. I hear it is beautiful.

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  10. Lisa H.
    February 19, 2010

    Tonight I drove home from Tri-Cities in the fog…All I kept thinking was, "Lord, please don't let me hit a moose!" :o)

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  11. Cassc
    February 20, 2010

    Even growing up just 6 miles outside of Boston life was full of critters, from skunks, possums, raccoons, and snapping turtles to turkey, deer, fox and coyote! They don't really belong in the residential neighborhoods (and even sometimes in the city!) but I think the poor things just had no where else to go. My parents also had a place in New Hampshire and my mother used to drive us around at dusk looking for moose. The scariest though was the bear cub my father and I saw sleeping in a tree only a few yards in front of us during a hike. Knowing that mama bears are never far away we sure got out of there fast!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      February 20, 2010

      Russ and I once lived and worked for a summer in Yellowstone and we got good at spotting bears. We also wore bells on our backpacks whenever we went hiking or backpacking. I've never seen a cub though and I'm sure it would make me nervous.

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  12. Julie
    February 20, 2010

    Oh my word! MOOSE! On the street! In your pasture! WOW!

    I'm so glad the driver wasn't hurt. That is really scary.

    Here in the suburban midwest, we have plenty of squirrels and rabbits and neighbor kids. 😉 We have mama and baby raccoons, deer and an occasional possum. Once we had a fox spend the morning on our patio. That's about as wild as it gets here.

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  13. Lisa Stucky
    February 21, 2010

    Hi Lisa. We've never met, but I love to read your blog. Not sure how I found you… through a blogging friend of a blogging friend. I see that you live near Spokane. We moved to Seattle this past summer from Kalispell, MT. So, we have all kinds of wildlife stories! 😉 I don't know how or where or when, but I'd love to meet you! My husband and I just had our 4th baby. We have very seriously talked about African adoption in the future. I too am a homeschooling mom. I've been inspired by your life. Would love to meet you face to face.

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