Originally posted by optimus primaland to be honest usually with any moderate level of normal human noise they're no where to be seen
by people in the woods.
Well, for the most part that is true. One time when I was 12 and running through the Sky Lakes Wilderness area in Oregon (the last Virgin Forest in
the continental US) I literally ran into a Brown Bear that was tearing a log apart digging for grubs. I skidded to a stop but 5 feet away from it and
it reared on it's hind legs and roared at me. I'm ashamed to admit that I screamed like a girl in terror and surprise, however, doing so probably
saved my life because it turned around and ran.
However, most animals are not so skittish, especially when food is involved. I've frightened off wolves before by yelling at them (wolves tend to be
one of the more skittish and easily frightened animals, even in packs), but another time I encountered a wolf feeding on an old carcass, it refused to
be afraid and looked up at me long enough to growl before continuing to feed. He didn't seem the least bit concerned or bothered by the fact that I
didn't take his warning and leave. He just continued to enjoy his meal while growling.
Likewise, when territory is involved, most animals won't be discouraged by fear. I've seen raccoons not only stand their ground against humans and
dogs when they trespass on their homes, but will attack without hesitation (although they do like to give a lot of hissing as a warning first).
Mountain Lions and Bobcats are the same way. Outside of their territory they will act like normal scavengers and flee at the first sign of noise, but
in their home territory they will defend it with ferocity. I've even seen Deer lower their heads and stamp the ground, ready to charge, just for
being on the same trail that they are.
One time at night, again in the Sky Lakes Wilderness, I was stalked for over 5 miles by a Puma. It never once made a sound towards me, it just
followed me. I yelled at it and it would stop and watch me with curiosity, but it wasn't afraid. I even shot off my side-arm in air, and it cowered
at the sound, but it never ran off. Eventually I came to realize that he wasn't going to be deterred and was going to continue following me. As he
made no aggressive moves towards me I just continued on, and he followed me all the way back to camp. Sometimes wild animals can be more curious than
they are afraid.
So, it is indeed true that most animals in the wild are going to be deterred or spooked or scared off by humans or by loud noises, but there are
exceptions. Food, territory, and curiosity are all instances where even the most skittish of scavengers, most docile of herbivores, and even hardened
predators will not be deterred.
As such, I would suspect that the Bray Road Beast would fall into the same situation. It would normally avoid humans and hide and flee from them,
however, if cornered, or it's territory trespassed on, or when food is involved, it's behavior could easily turn far more aggressive.