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Rocko1
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8/15/2022
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I have been trying to do some hiking in the early AM to avoid the heat-although lately it's 68-70 at 5:45am and 85F by 9am. Been going to the southeast side of Cuyamaca peak area. I ran into this guy Saturday:





Was right in the middle of the trail eating a good size rat. Wasn't much room to get around him and it was 5 miles to go back to an alternate route. He eventually scooted down the trail with the rat and I could squeeze by. Note-I am zoomed in quite a bit, snake was 10' plus away from me.

Video - https://imgur.com/Bok4brn


Also saw this skull near the snake which seems to be a young coyote? Thoughts?




I will have to stick to the fire roads until this heat calms down.

Anyone been getting any hiking/exploring in?
edited by Rocko1 on 8/15/2022
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tommy750
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8/15/2022
tommy750
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Thought that snake pic looked familiar! Saw it on reddit this morning. Nice find, Rocko.
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Rocko1
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8/16/2022
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tommy750 wrote:
Thought that snake pic looked familiar! Saw it on reddit this morning. Nice find, Rocko.



12 rattles on this one. What do you think of that skull Tommy? Look like a coyote?
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8/16/2022
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3 young pups all dead?

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Rocko1
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8/16/2022
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dsefcik wrote:
3 young pups all dead?

It's just one skull. The short skull kinda of threw me.
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8/16/2022
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Rocko1 wrote:
tommy750 wrote:
Thought that snake pic looked familiar! Saw it on reddit this morning. Nice find, Rocko.



12 rattles on this one. What do you think of that skull Tommy? Look like a coyote?


Wasn't sure what that was and was thinking coyote skulls would have more of a pointy snout but coyote internet pics sure look like this. Am waiting for Ziphius to join the chat.
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rockhopper
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8/21/2022
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Back country rodent control! I've seen those bad boys out there many times. Mostly napping on the trail of in boulder protected nooks. It amazes me to see city folk out hiking in the wilderness with their ear buds listening to music. No idea on skull.
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Rocko1
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8/22/2022
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rockhopper wrote:
Back country rodent control! I've seen those bad boys out there many times. Mostly napping on the trail of in boulder protected nooks. It amazes me to see city folk out hiking in the wilderness with their ear buds listening to music. No idea on skull.



Saw these two yesterday up there. https://imgur.com/a/TitlY2D
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8/22/2022
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Rocko1 wrote:

Saw these two yesterday up there. https://imgur.com/a/TitlY2D


Nice..!!

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Brian
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8/23/2022
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That reminds me of when I lived in Sausalito and did a lot of mountain biking. One time I turned onto a trail called the Bobcat Trail and there were a couple bobcats sitting right there in the middle of the trail. I thought "as advertised."
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8/26/2022
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Nice trip. Domestic dog skull. Not telescoped like a coyote and has a steep forehead.

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Rocko1
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8/26/2022
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ziphius wrote:
Nice trip. Domestic dog skull. Not telescoped like a coyote and has a steep forehead.

Thanks. I guess it chose the wrong trail..
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29 days ago
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ziphius wrote:
Nice trip. Domestic dog skull. Not telescoped like a coyote and has a steep forehead.



Thanks for solving the mystery. Yep, sure looks like a dog skull. Too bad. Probably ran away and got lost.
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27 days ago
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Nice snake pix! Rare to see one right after a kill like that. I wonder if a rattlesnake could let go of the prey without eating it first. Fangs might not be able to retract unless he bit it first and was just starting to eat it.
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11 days ago
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Nice find.
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