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    Cougar Attack in Utah | Mountain Lion Stalks MAN For 6 Minutes!



    i kept thinking Throw a rock at it !

    I wonder how he scared it off
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    WOW he was lucky... bring a gun next time!
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    Years ago, a buddy of mine was bow-hunting elk, and walking along a game trail on a hillside. He heard a "thump" behind him and turned around to find a lion crouched on the trail, with ears back. He quickly nocked an arrow, and just as the lion leaped towards him, he shot. The arrow caught the lion in the throat, and it quickly died. He was very lucky, but was also cool, and a great shot with his bow. I've called-in a few, but have yet to kill one. Calling lions is not for the faint-hearted, and is one of the more exciting outdoor pursuits I've done over the years.
    Jim

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    That cougar in Utah was a momma cat, and he had invaded the
    space where her little ones were, and she was not comfortable
    with him at that distance..

    ..so, she pushed him out to a distance where she felt her kids were
    safe. She did not want to attack him unless she had to, but instead
    made bluff charges at him. She didn't want to eat him or fight with
    him, she just wanted him gone from the area her kids were in.

    Jim, back in the late 80's I was making custom game calls for
    predators, and while at a a trade show a bear guide from BC
    came and asked if I could make a call that would bring in Black
    and Grizzly bears. Told him I'd have a go at it, and would ship
    it to him if successful.

    Started off with an 8" x 3" square of walnut, and when done
    working it on the lathe it was down to 2"x7", with a 1" hole
    down the middle. Used the reed off of an old Olt D50 duck call,
    and tuned it to sound like an elk calf in great distress.

    Shipped it off, and told the fellow to use it, and then pay me what
    he thought it was worth. Apparently he was quite successful with
    it, as he sent me $100 (Canadian) the next Fall.

    I've called in a number of Cougars over the years, but never had
    any desire to kill one. I agree though...seeing a cougar's head pop
    up over the top of a sage bush that's 30 yd's away will certainly
    cause a high level of "pucker factor"!
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    Yup...I always had a sore neck after a lion calling day. Trying to look behind you causes sore muscles...LOL. Years ago I thought calling predators was the be-all, end-all, of outdoor pursuits. That was before i got old...Ha! Never have called in a bear that I saw. Killed one with a bow, from a treestand, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DizzyDigger View Post
    That cougar in Utah was a momma cat, and he had invaded the
    space where her little ones were, and she was not comfortable
    with him at that distance..

    ..so, she pushed him out to a distance where she felt her kids were
    safe. She did not want to attack him unless she had to, but instead
    made bluff charges at him. She didn't want to eat him or fight with
    him, she just wanted him gone from the area her kids were in.
    Kind of read it the same way, she didn't want him near her family/home.

    Click bait title though-if she attacked-the guy won't be posting up no video.
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    There was one sure way of knowing when a big cat was around where I grew up.
    The neighbours started looking for their pet cats-it was time to keep the house hold cats in at night.
    Started at the top, then started working its way down the hill.
    One time one got bold and started to take the family pets in the small town. Then it stopped just like that and everything was good.
    "If it was easy-It would have already been done-Life 101."
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    looks like he did throw a rock at it.
    I figured that would work. there were plenty of them handy.

    After nearly 6 minutes of being stalked, Burgess quickly grabbed a rock and threw it at the large cat, who finally ran away in the opposite direction.
    Would have been Cool though If someone stepped out of the Woods Or Behind him And dropped it in its tracks

    https://www.foxnews.com/great-outdoo...ah-trail-video
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    About 4 years ago here in Southwest Virginia, Mom called me down to see the cougar in my backyard:

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    Took the pic through the screen door, didn't want to frighten it away. Kinda hard to see - to the right of a tree.
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    Big cat was obviously not in a stalking/hunting mode, just trying to run the intruder out of her territory.

    I think it was a mistake to let himself be followed like that, which I think would tend to give it more confidence that it has the upper hand [claw] and would be more likely to trigger attack instincts rather that if he gathered some large rocks and made a stand.
    Maybe easier said than done I'm sure, but I think the best thing to do would be to try to scare it off ASAP then hightail it outta there.

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    Yea.I would have Grabbed Rocks as soon as I saw some.
    but Honestly if It had Lunged at Me I Would have Let out a Blood Curdling Yell
    Which May have scared it off Too.

    I'm sure of this Because up Home My nephew was Walking into My yard when he was Very Young.
    The Neighbors Dog come Through the Hedge in an attack Mode Barking & Growling & First Instinct was to Jump Between then And
    Yell at the Top Of my Lungs like a Human Growl I Guess.

    Had a Dog try to attack me Once Too and My Reaction was the Same.
    They both Turned and split Like the Cat did

    Sometimes Maybe you just need To Puff Up And show them who's Louder
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    That is why I always carry backup with with me. A judge here lately so I can have snake shot and a heavy .45 cal bullet for situations just like that video. I was stalked a few years back while elk hunting....one downside to making yourself sound like an elk. Only caught a glimpse but its tracks were on top of mine for a good distance

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    Me and a girl cousin were once confronted by a pack of dogs in an alley in Detroit, not a good situation.
    They started to spread out to surround us, I ID'ed the leader by his demeanor and actions, and the pack seeming to take its cues from him.
    I didn't have time to be scared, I told my cousin I'll try to distract them to me and for her to make a run for a nearby bar and get help, which was our destination.

    I knew to show fear would invite attack, I happened to have an army jacket on and took it off and starting waving it towards the leader, who backed off a bit. I slapped the jacket on the ground in front of him a few times and he finally locked his jaws on it, the rest of the pack was closing in while my cousin tried to edge away.

    With a firm grip on my jacket I lifted it up and he exposed his throat, bad move - I kicked him in the throat as hard as I could, had steel toed boots on too. He yelped in fear and pain and ran away, the rest of the pack followed so out of danger, we continued to the bar and had a few drinks.
    Started to get a little shaky after it happened, I knew I wouldn't have much of a chance against that many street dogs unless I did something bold, am very glad that it worked.
    Hunters even in packs tend to seek easy victims, I guess after I punked out the leader they had me pegged as a bad ass to be left alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff of pa View Post
    looks like he did throw a rock at it.
    I figured that would work. there were plenty of them handy.
    Would have been Cool though If someone stepped out of the Woods Or
    Behind him And dropped it in its tracks
    Just as you instinctively stepped in to protect your nephew, Momma
    cougar simply did the same for her cubs. I don't think anyone would
    argue that she didn't have as much right to be there as the jogger did.

    By her actions, she's communicating to that human to get the heck
    away from her kids. I think the guy handled it quite well..he didn't
    turn his back to her, and he kept her engaged while creating distance
    between them.

    There was no need for that cougar to die, as she charged instead of
    attacked. Had she been killed, now there's two more orphaned cougar
    cubs that will have to be raised by a rehab place, and their chances
    of being reintroduced to the wild aren't that great.

    If someone's going to jog, camp, fish, prospect, etc. in country that
    is known to harbor dangerous large predators, then they should take
    the time to educate themselves on the behavior of those predators.

    It makes the difference between being terrified of an animal, or keeping
    most of your cool and ending the conflict before anyone has to die.
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    I wonder if an air horn would have sent it running.

    The Mail man Tried spraying a Dog once in front of my Place.
    He ended up Running in my door & said the spray never phased it.

    I Learned to Hate Dogs up There.
    Most of the Neighbors that had them Let them Rome the Neighborhood.
    And the dogs all Acted like Rabid Mutts imo
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