TRVP_LVRDWe had to go pick up an animal trap at work (I work at public works). A little coon was in there. He seemed friendly, wasn't growling, no foam, etc. He was pretty jumpy though. We put him in the back off my boss' pickup truck, and started driving to the woods away from town. Im in the bed with my two coworkers, when the fucking thing got out of the cage. The thing was running around the bed of the truck growling and jumping and shit, while were driving down the road. It charged us and we decided to abandon ship. One of my coworkers and I jumped off the side onto the nice soft asphalt, while my other coworker jumped onto the fucking windshield. Our boss slammed on the brakes and lost his shit. We told him the raccoon was loose. Now i thought he was going to just let it go, but he got a small .22 pistol from the cab and turned it into a piece of swiss cheese. The town had to pay a good amount of cash to pay for the damage to the truck (bullet holes in the bed of the truck, new windshield).
Good job remaining cool, calm, and collected.
I encountered a black bear on a funky old two track road. The thing was just rooting around with its nose, didn't even look up, but I backed away quietly so as not to startle it.
Moose cause the most trouble by far in my experience. My dad got stranded out on a beaver dam by a cow moose with a calf. I had just left to walk back to camp and wandered through the willows where they were bedded down. Fortunately I didn't encounter them, or it would have been close quarters.
I had a mountain lion "stalking" me once on a trail. I left the trail to get a better angle for some photos and backtracked, off trail, about 40 yards. When I got back onto the trail and continued walking, there were fresh lion tracks behind my tracks. I never saw it, but I'm sure it was watching me.
Just this weekend out in Utah, we were backpacking and saw some big, pretty fresh lion tracks. This thing was healthy. Never saw it, though.