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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: Cougars

    Well, after the rain so far this week, I might get a break to spot some more fresh prints in the mud before the next big storm arrives. Yes, they're out there either watching or more likely napping. Cougars potentially hunt during daytime, but prefer the extra stealth night provides. The beginning of the tom turkeys showing off, trying to impress the hens and compete with one another using the sheer vanity of tail feather fan displays, has already begun; so it's also logically the time for both wild turkey photography or mountain lions more easily catching them. I just missed a lion sighting a couple years ago in such an opportune situation, but a couple hiking lower down on the same trail did see it slink away into the brush. Coyotes are also more nonchalant this time of year than usual. The particular coyote who has now bitten six people in a local shopping center was just trapped an euthanized; DNA tests confirm only a single coyote was involved in all those incidents.

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    Re: Cougars

    Interesting reading all the comments. I think that the hiker did the right thing. Lowering your profile height to pick up rocks has its own risks. If you have a lot of confidence in your aim, well ...
    One of my neighbors "Dave Parker" managed to kill the attacking cougar with his folding knife while the cat was ripping his face off. He lost an eye. It was written up in Reader's Digest a few years back. Another incident involved a wounded cougar attacking a bicyclist in the evening, luckily a fellow working late happened by. He too would have been a goner. Can you imagine Dave having the presence of mind to reach up behind his head and cutting multiple cuts on the cougar's throat all while feeling his claws ripping your flesh. Luckily there was a Dryland log sorting operation nearby whose first aid attendant hadn't left yet. Around here most hikers carry a long walking stick with a nail driven into one end and the head removed and sharpened. And then there a those people like Brian Hawthorne who carefully, quietly snuck up on a cougar who was ready to pounce on a child at a logger's picnic. Brian kicked the cougar in his privates, which gave him a new agenda.

  3. #103
    Drew Wiley
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    Seems like everyone now uses pointy trekking sticks; they sure take stress of the knees going downhill. But back in the 70's, pointy ski poles during the summer became a local custom when the Trailside Killer was still on the loose, and people would only travel in groups. No cougar is anywhere near that dangerous.

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    Re: Cougars

    I don't think I'll try sneaking up on a mountain lion around here. If I was very lucky the cat would die laughing before it got me...

    I used to work in the Berkeley Hills, and we received regular updates on where the last mountain lion meal was - which made early morning or evening walks to the car more interesting. I startled a few deer, but no cat...I don't think.

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    Re: Cougars

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Patterson View Post
    I don't think I'll try sneaking up on a mountain lion around here. If I was very lucky the cat would die laughing before it got me...
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    Humor employed to deescalate a potentially dangerous situation is always a valid alternative. LOL!
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    Re: Cougars

    Had a bear wandering locally at a Park area, last week

    Fools rushed to get close
    Images vastly preferred

    not game trying to


    focus


    In Time

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    Re: Cougars

    Mountain lions live in our "hood. Not an issue, they do what they do, we do what we do. Encounters remain rare and non-confrontational.

    https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/artic...l-16255313.php

    They have been here long before we were and need their place to live and do their thing.


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    I've already posted before how I deliberately got mtn lions to track me in order to get a close look at them. But I was accompanied by another person (a wildlife expert, in fact), and we were both armed. Beautiful animals, and I never needed to shoot at one. They were just curious, and that was how the whole game worked. No, don't run from one! - that just switches on their chase instinct instead.

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    Re: Cougars

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    I've already posted before how I deliberately got mtn lions to track me in order to get a close look at them. But I was accompanied by another person (a wildlife expert, in fact), and we were both armed. Beautiful animals, and I never needed to shoot at one. They were just curious, and that was how the whole game worked. No, don't run from one! - that just switches on their chase instinct instead.
    I once went for walk in NYC Central Park. At night. Not a smart thing to do, normally. But there were a few of us and one was an armed city cop dressed in civilian clothes. I was wondering at the time how any muggers would know he was an armed cop? How did the cougars know about your friend, the armed, wildlife expert?

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    Re: Cougars

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Had a bear wandering locally at a Park area, last week

    Fools rushed to get close
    Saw the classic bear/tourist traffic jam in Yosemite while I had the 11x14 set up along the road last Thursday. On a big curve of the road, of course...a tourist stopped in the lane with flashers going. I had to warn vehicles approaching the curve to slow down. I messed up my last sheet of 11x14...distracted and forgot to close the dang lens before pulling the darkslide...oh, well, another ten bucks. Might give the image another go in the fall.

    Alan -- I imagine that the cougars (and muggers) know us quite well. It is up to us to learn about them.
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