I have a hypothesis based on my observations (mostly on TV of course) of the actions of other animals in the wild. The second largest animal in the woods, the grizzle, has a history of acting the same way. There are researchers who have spent their entire adult existence working in close proximity with these creatures without so much as a hair being harmed on their heads. And then there are examples of people who have worked with the creatures for years being killed for no apparent reason at all. I think this proves that no wild animal is completely predictable. I say that to ask you to re-consider going out into the woods without a firearm. You never know when things might change, and I would hate for you to end up like the grizzly man. I know he was killed by a rogue male new to the area he was in, but you also have rogue monsters on your place.
Next, I think animals have intuition. I know this is a human trait, but again, so is verbal communication (I got a million of 'em) For example; my wife is amazing with animals. Dogs love her, cats come to her, ferrets, cows, horses, heck even snakes are calm as can be around her. I theorize that she puts out good "vibes" that animals can sense and we can't. I think it is a combination of her posture, voice, smell, and possibly even state of mind that animals are simply attracted to, or at least not threatened by or afraid of. This is very likely the case with you. I think we both agree that animals can learn. I believe their actions concerning you are learned, and reasoned, and intuitive, based on what they have observed from you. Boy I'm really out there now! I think animals learn from their past experiences but act on reasoning and intuition when faced with new situations. For instance, lets say you drive into the field in a truck that they do not recognize. They are probably going to act on instinct and either avoid the truck or try to scare it off by throwing objects or making threatening noises. Now, you roll the window down and they recognize the occupant as you. Their actions will not be a result of a learned behavior because they have never seen you in this truck. Their reaction to the truck will be a reasoned behavior, based on the fact that the truck is not a threat because you are in it. Now, once you step out of the truck, their actions are based on learning because they have seen you several times before and know you are not a threat. If you have a camera around your neck, their intuition may cause them to stay just out of sight, which from what I've seen from your pictures, is what they do if you have a camera with you. I bet that most of your clear sightings have been at times when you don't have a camera. Am I right?
Instinct, learned behavior, intuition, and reasoning all play a part in why they treat you the way they do. By the way, treating different people differently is also a human trait At any rate, they seem to like you, and so do I!
Posted on Aug 26, 2012, 9:09 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199