Luckily, nature has been good to me. No bear attacks or getting an antler jabbed into my belly. The scariest encounters with mammals I've had have been with a mother Javelina and her babies! It wasn't something I had been planning. We just crossed paths together at the same time accidentally and in that moment, I thought "Oh $#%!".
It would be the Gray Fox. There is an intelligence with these creatures and many times while we were birding in Kathie's backyard, they'd come to visit us.
So while mammals aren't our primary targets, they are still loved and admired. Nature is awesome and should be enjoyed as a whole. More to come....