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Saturday, March 17. 2007
We aren't into cat blogging (or cats), but we'll make an exception this time. This pussy cat was haunting someone's back deck in the snow in Mason, Texas recently, trying to get a better look at two young kids playing on the floor inside. (Thanks, BL.) Read this, if you like to hang out in Mountain Lion territory.
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A cat this fearless needs to be shot. But would you go outside and confront it - or shoot through the sliding glass door!?!
"But would you go outside and confront it - or shoot through the sliding glass door!?!"
Definitely, shoo it through the sliding glass door.
anon, I'll bet you've never happened upon his cousin's saucer-sized tracks in the wet caliche along a waterhole, at sunset, far from yer jeep.
Hiking and survival techniques as well as the Forestry Service advise using aggressive methods when confronted with a puma or black bear.
That advice comes with some NASA approved underwear.
My wife and I have hiked in griz country in Montana covering in our hikes usually 20 miles. Total we've covered about 1500-2000 miles over the last 10 years. We've had two bear encounters, one griz and one blackbear.
Since I was wearing the darker hiking shorts I took the lead and confronted the blackbear by raising my arms over my head and growling and stomping my feet....the bear beat retreat. I should add that my wife, a good shot. had me covered with a .357 magnum and I had holstered a .44 magnum. We didn't want to kill the bear unless we really had to.
The griz was another story. Just good luck. It was feeding on huckleberries and we say it first, although I'm sure it smelled us way earlier. We cut a swift retreat as it looked up once from it's feeding and showed no sign of leaving those yummy huckleberries. I had reoved the .44 from it's holster on that occasion.
Never had an encounter with a cat but my guess is that those people had pets that were fed on the porch, an easy draw for puma. It more that likely would have run away if the door was banged on or loud noises made ..it obviously left.
As we move futher inot cat and bear country it is imperative to not ever leave food outside, even in garbage cans. Bears can smell for many miles, many miles. Cats aren't bad snifffers either.
The Indians (which Indians Habu,like they're not all the same..ok,ok.the ah, ah Souix and the Nez Perce, whew) hav a saying . The eagle will see it first, the wolf will hear it first, and the bear went over the mountain...no,no..the bear will smell it first.
Of all the tormenting wild critter interactions, I believe raising toddlers alongside copperhead-infested Coleto Creek outside Victoria, Texas, has to rank high. Those damn things will chase a child, poppa needs be nearby with a .410.
"bet you've never happened upon his cousin's saucer-sized tracks in the wet caliche along a waterhole, at sunset, far from yer jeep."
Bud, gave up my big as a city block Wagoneer a few years back, but what you describe sounds kind of exciting and more plausibly put than how the unfortunate JF Cooper would have writ it. You should expand upon that story. But how often do cougars attack people, (people who trespass into their habitat, poor kitties!)?
But copperheads and kids are a terrifying combo. You must be a dead-on shot.
When people hike in griz country, they often wear bear bells to alert the bears.
Montana joke: How do you tell a Griz from a Black Bear?
The Griz is the one with the bells.
Please strike my last comment. Too many but's and, of course, y'all be right about protecting the kids against curious cats.
Off to the dry cleaners in the unforgiving metro jungle.
...but who is JF Cooper? He run the dry cleaner's?
Retriever: It is a necessity to kill large predators who do not fear man, or they will carry off people's kids. Most will not get near humans or human habitation. You do not want to breed human fearlessness into them - for their good and for ours.
Another Griz joke/story from Montana days:
Two guys hiking encounter a female griz, who rears up, growls, and prepares to attack.
One guy bends down and tightens the laces on his boots.
Other guy says What are you doing that for? You can't outrun a griz.
Guy replies: No I can't, but I can outrun you.
I agree, BD, but I would prefer to try to scare it off before shooting it. We make an unholy racket around our place to warn off bears, etc. Of course, shoot it if it won't go away. But also, we are extremely careful about trash, pet food, etc. Not fair to set out what they view as dinner then kill em.
I have still not decided if our beloved but wimpy golden is the real reason none of the critters have come close to the house since a moose blundered past me ten years ago as I walked out the back door. I wonder if the smell of the barkless dog may be a fairly effective deterrent? It makes the kids upset, but I tell them that if we encounter a bear on our walks, the dumb dog will go up to it to make friends and we will be able to escape while he gets eaten... No cougars near us, tho we hear fisher cats and coyotes, as well as the black bears.
What do people in cougar country find to be the effect of large dogs roaming around unpredictably? Or do the big cats just eat them for supper?
Cougars aren't THAT big, are they? Bad, bad cute kitties.
That was a great link you gave, Buddy, and now I know thereís $ to be saved by spilling kerosene lanterns onto soiled nice apparel, when not saponifying.
Oh, but poor Cooper. People criticizing his writing and all. Those who know the wilds and can write better should, like you. (I know someone who has a few b-u-tís to sell you, if you go wanting in your scribblings.)
Oh, THAT JF Cooper. Duh. Well, I like his writing for its period cred, but have to admit never did like the identity confusion among Leatherstocking, Natty Bumppo, and The Deerslayer. I mean, what if James Bond had three full-novel pseudonyms? He'd be nothin i tells ya nothin.
A friend of mine ran head on into a cougar while walking down a cliffside trail. Of course, he was one of the guides for a camera crew looking for cougars so it wasn't exactly an accident. Anyway, he said there was a short standoff, then the cougar jumped over the edge, fell I don't recall how many feet, and just walked off after landing. Who needs a parachute?
There was also a cougar killed crossing main street in a town about 10 miles north of here. Got hit by a pickup.
J Bond: (noun) The camaraderie often felt among pot ['joint', 'J'] smokers. (archaic, slang)
Ha! Dictionary, or did you just hazily remember that?
And itís tax time for the old PC. ĎNight!
R-E-S-P-E-C-T em all. Those big cats in Montana make a hideous, bone chilling, dog destroying wail that sounds like a woman being raped and murdered. Only way to describe that COLD sound!!!!
Blacks are good for chasin away out of state realtors, we live in Griz country.
Happy St. Patrick's Day and pray he is always with you!
speaking of which, words and taxes, is it a coincidence that "a tax" is a perfect homonym for "attacks' ?
That cat is a definite threat to the kids.
The big difference between Cougars and Bears: Bears would rather eat dead fish, berries and ant larvae than kill something the size of a human. Cougars, almost everything they eat is the size of a human, and they don't eat their veggies!
Anon asked how big these 'lil pussy cats can get? This one was taken about 10 miles from Microsoft's Headquarters, 25 miles from downtown Seattle. It tied Teddy Roosevelt's old world record!
Am under tax siege the entire weekend except for a moment here and there, but it really does help to read this site and see a real man not be the least bit homonymphobic. Thanks for that.
And for the big cat sighting!
Taxes? Thank God for Quicken and their categories. Probably saves 10-20 hours.
I'm not lactose intolerant, but I am homonymphomaniac dubious.
Andrew, that's not a cat--that's a mastodon--
Just clicked on your link and I concede. No way would a petstore rhinestone collar fit that kitty!
(anon here not anonymous, but I best skidaddle, looks like)
She's trying to work on her taxes,
but checks in 'cause Maggie's relaxes;
it can't be a waste
if it helps her keep paced
and interferes not with her Praxis.
Oops--I've been posting accidentally as 'anonymous'. Confusing--'anon' is someone else, we know whoooo, toooo.
Oh-oh, maybe youíre on to me now
An addicted Internet frau
But with your limericks so lovely
The fray we can stay quite abovely
And pretend my lemonrick is high middle brow.
Buddy, you make the numbers go down waaay better with your fun ditties. Will cite this particular one of yours at the audit---
BD, I'll be sure to look into Quicken. Sounds like it'll bring the tax zombied back to life.
yeh--make that auditor smile--that's the ticket--har har
No audit yet- or everóbut am keeping the verse, just in case. And b/c it has ďpraxis.Ē Itís the nicest limerick Iíve ever had :)
aw, shucks--twarn't nuthin...a forced play, needed to rhyme 'taxes'.
Awesome predators. If there is a hose available, spray it. Preferably from inside though and spray out a window. heh. I would never open that door. Cougars have attacked and killed a few people in the Pacific NW. Kids on playgrounds, woman joggers, one woman, who had been horseback riding with her kids and IIRC, even a mountain biker have been attacked.
And here is a link to a pretty unusual story about a guy from Ontario who killed an attacking black bear with a knife last year.
Man (Freeper kanawa) stabs bear to death
The Record.com ^ | Jul 22, 2006 | MELINDA DALTON
Posted on 07/22/2006 5:30:03 PM PDT by kanawa
A Waterloo man and his dog made a harrowing escape from the clutches of a vicious black bear Thursday while portaging near Wawa, Ont.
Tom Tilley, 55, killed the nearly 200-pound bear by jumping on its back and stabbing the aggressive animal with a six-inch hunting knife after his dog alerted him and distracted the bear.
"Love is a very powerful emotion and my thought right away was, 'You're not going to kill my dog,' " Tilley said yesterday.
"I really consider my dog a hero. Without that first warning I would have had the bear clamping down on my neck."
Read the rest here....
Just like a Freeper! Gonna make a helluva militia core someday, if the need comes nigh.