I love taking walks at night; never bring a flashlight. Starlight is enough to make out a trail, if there isn't dense forest. I can't see very well of course, but there are very few dangerous animals.As far as seeing stuff at night... one of the most memorable hikes I ever had was at night --
watching elk, and getting closer to them than I could've done in the daytime.
I had a flashlight, but didn't need it... because the moon was bright.
Elk can be dangerous though! I was charged by a female in town, and my wife was too on a separate occasion. Getting charged by a bull would be a whole nother level of exciting! I'd be careful about sneaking up on them.