One morning, as the garbage truck was making the rounds, the driver stopped to tell me that I may not want to go down one road as he just scared off a bear. Yep, that's not the direction I would want to be going that day, my little Yorkie Kasey would have a fit and want to go off chasing it if she saw it, never mind that she's the perfect snack size! The week before that same bear climbed a tree next to a house and drank the hummingbird nectar out of the feeder next to the second story window, owner got a great picture of it from that window, which got posted in their local paper.
Several times while scampering around among the rocks and drift wood on the beach, I almost stepped on a snake. Eeek, just harmless garden variety snakes but scared me every time. This one I spotted along the road just as the puppers approached, it was so still they never spotted it.