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Wildlife ! Does it Bother You

Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,056 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
edited June 2012 in News & Other Stuff
Just wondering how much the wildlife bothers people, does it interfere with your skiing, obviously there.s more of it about, will it become a problem, not sure if there have been many incidents, I have read about people jogging, that have had a problem and they are not in the water.
I get on with the skiing, but always come away thinking that I got away with it today, LoL

When The Going Gets Tough, Get Stoked !

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  • DUSkierDUSkier Posts: 143 Baller
    The Brown snakes that swim across our course occasionally are a bit of a worry, however the 8 foot long goannas don't seem bothered by us at all =)
    Nigel Sparrow
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,308 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I thought the musky was the only thing to potentially fear up here in WI, until my brother got his nipple bit by a blue gill last summer. Then my buddy across the lake got bit by one the next day (on the nipple as well)! Both even drew blood! It makes me keep my vest or rash guard on while swimming around the dock.
    Scott Calderwood
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,524 Mega Baller
    Mutant Piranha Blue Gills of Nipple-Pecking Doooooooom!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • MrJonesMrJones Posts: 1,775 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Long story. I was pulling a girl (Canadian) into the course at Airport lake in Lafayette. I saw something swimming across way ahead of us between 1 and 2. It was a medium size gator heading to the swamp side of the lake.

    I thought about it for a second and thought, NBD, it'll dive as we get closer. I'm just gonna pull her. I didn't look around or tell the observer. No reason to distract anyone.

    Anyway. I feel her pull out..... then nothing. I turned and looked over my shoulder at her. She was looking right at me shaking her head.
  • teammalibuteammalibu Posts: 838 Crazy Baller
    Shane got any stories?
    Mike Erb Cedar Ridge Canton Miss.
    Horton is my hero
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,397 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Beers, 4 wheeler, spotlight, 20 gauge and your all set.
    Shut up and ski
    MattP
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,344 Administrator
    @MS if that how you get hens?

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  • xratedxrated Posts: 506 Solid Baller
    edited June 2012
    Seeing a large snapping turtle has made me wait a minute before jumping in. Otherwise I don't worry about what is swimming since it is only fish and muskrats. Though much like @MS some beer and a shotgun on the end of the dock works on the rats, though that is more to keep them from tunneling in the banks and building homes in the pontoon.

    I will say the last time a shotgun came out at 7:30 on a nice Saturday night the new family 3 cabins down enjoying one of their first lakeside fires was not overly impressed. Didn't even get a thanks like the other neighbors gave.
  • jimbrakejimbrake Posts: 1,337 Mega Baller
    Our rides get routinely interrupted by ducks and geese. It's a pain in the ___. A duck to the shin isn't too bad, but a goose is a different deal.
    "...all of the basic fun banter"
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,085
    At the Cottonwood record, I was pulling little Chase Scott. At the end of the lake on his 3rd pass he started screaming like he'd been stuck with a knife. As he was setting down by the drop buoy, he realized there was a pissed off 5 ft long Water Moccasin swimming right for him. I swear the kid damn near walked on the water getting away from it and into the boat. The thing was wayyy aggressive. We told him we'd give him a reride but he was having none of that. Done for the day! lol. Later on, while pulling MS(I think) the same snake was making it's way back across course. I exited the gates and aimed for it dragging MS along with me. THUNK! It didn't kill it immediately, but was never seen again during the weekend.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

    MattP
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,397 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    That was a bad ass snake.
    Shut up and ski
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,972 Mega Baller
    I would have had to give my buddy a duck re-ride this morning but we don't have anything dangerous in our lake.
    Mark Shaffer
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,095 Baller
    edited June 2012
    The only thing that gets in our way are canadian geese.. There is milk snake or northern water snake hovering around the dock. I see a turtle on occasion, but they take off as soon as we get close.
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • teammalibuteammalibu Posts: 838 Crazy Baller
    edited June 2012
    Shane I was on the dock when you brought Chase back and so was Chad. Chad says Chase, why did you quit? Chase says, Snake!! Chad says, did he bite ya. Chase says no. Chad says, then why did you quit? In Chases defense he is a tough little @#$& the nite before i saw him take an out the front that would have made me take a couple days off and he put his ski back on and finished the set. By the way we havnt seen the snake since you ran it over last I heard he was realy pissed and headed for Minnesotta!
    Mike Erb Cedar Ridge Canton Miss.
    Horton is my hero
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,095 Baller
    Lake Latonka has a fish club which stocks the lake. I am told it is one of the best bass fishing lakes in Pennsylvania. My brother always pulls in a nice fat bass. The perch are getting big too. There are some monster size catfish there too. On occasion trout and walleye are caught too since the lake is fed by several streams and dozens of springs. The seagulls like to sit on the orange buoys in the course. There are copperheads and rattlesnakes in PA but I have never seen one.
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,085
    @teammalibu I was willing to sacrifice MS if necessary so chase could ski without fear the next day. That was a big freaking snake.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • slalom frogslalom frog Posts: 104 Baller
    Loons pop up in the course at times for us. However, the best one was when my wife go bit on the a$$ by a snapping turtle while waiting for the water to settle out on one end of our course. It was literally like a scene from Jaws. We had no idea what was happening as she was completely freaking out. We were about 40 feet from her, pointed towards the course. Couldn't make it back to her that quickly, at least not quick enough for her. She made me drag her into the boat with the ski on and everything, swearing the entire time. Once we saw the little bite mark on her rump, me and my 2 boys could not stop laughing at her. No skin was broken or blood was drawn but there was a bite impression.
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,583 Mega Baller
    The water moccasins love to hang out under the jump ramp at our lake. They make me a little nervous. They usually just stay there when you get on, no fear of humans. Cows like to swim across the course, they're not exactly wildlife though.
  • crashmancrashman Posts: 722 Crazy Baller
    our club is perhaps a little unique in that facility is comprised of a few stone quarries. There's one we ski in, but another is kind of a hoosier beach area with a campground and snack bar, plenty of coolers and such. Several times a year they have 3 day festivals that involve "music" and lots of drunk/stoned drifters. Even though the ski lake is supposed to be off limits to non-members sometimes they spill over toward the ski lake. Last year we came tearing down the course and right in the drop zone was some sort of shirtless creature- to this day my ski partner and I debate whether it was a man with the biggest man boobs we've ever seen or a very manly woman. But in any case it was definitely wild life.
    slalom addiction triggering irrational behavior
    travnewsMattP
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,095 Baller
    @crashman. Sounds like bigfoot...
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,397 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Rough crowd in here.
    Shut up and ski
  • WishWish Posts: 7,893 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Buddy tooK a seagul to the chest recently at ball 5. Thought the rider in the boat was gonna have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.

    In MN my buddy took several carp to the feet as he was barefooting. Had to have a Dr dig out the fish bones. Seriously painful to watch the Doc dig all of them out.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
    DaveD
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,693 Mega Baller
    @wish Was that a Mesaba guy?
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • DustyDusty Posts: 315 Baller
    Had a goose hit my legs, and swallows nearly take me in the face. My ski partner took a goose in her ribs and didn't ski for several days. Hitting a 10 pound carp at the surface has resulted in some spectacular OTF's too. Not sure how I'd deal with snakes and gators. other than maybe being a little 'proactive' with them...
  • sixballsixball Posts: 262 Baller
    Got a carp last Sunday with the prop.
    bhs
  • macmac Posts: 61 Baller
    A new ski guest this morning...
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  • DaveDDaveD Posts: 827 Crazy Baller
    I saw an article about a 8 foot alligator garr caught in a Texas lake the other day. I won't be complaining about cold water in Michigan anymore.
  • PBDPBD Posts: 190 Baller
    I had a flock of pelicans fly in front of the boat while I was pulling a buddy. Two of the dumb things actually hit the side of the boat. My fear was one of them might tumble into the boat after hitting it. I really didn't want to mess with an angry bird with a long sharp beak.

    After my buddy dropped we went back to where the flock had landed and all the birds were able to fly away so they are apparently pretty tough.
  • WishWish Posts: 7,893 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @jody seal was it dead or is that the GATOR WHISPERER
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
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