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PostTue Feb 05, 2019 11:37 pm 
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From the NY Times:  Runner Kills Mountain Lion  Hard to imagine how he pulled that off!  eek.gif

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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 7:51 am 
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Anne Elk wrote:
From the NY Times:  Runner Kills Mountain Lion  Hard to imagine how he pulled that off!  eek.gif

Is that ever the truth! I wouldn't want to try to wrestle (in earnest) my son's 7lb cat.....  shakehead.gif He was quite fortunate, regardless of how he managed it.

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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 7:58 am 
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Anne Elk wrote:
Hard to imagine how he pulled that off!†

Many years ago, in my newspapering days, I interviewed Ralph Flowers, a professional bear hunter. He had over 1100 kills. One of them was without benefit of a weapon. He choked the bear to death by ramming his fist down it's windpipe.

In the case at hand, the Denver Post says the runner "choked the animal to death with his hands, arms and feet."
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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 8:25 am 
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There was a case in 2002 of someone killing a cougar with a 3" folding pocket knife.  But with your bare hands, that's even more impressive.
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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 9:02 am 
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Pretty sure there was also case where a (high school?) wrestler did the same when attacked by a cougar.  If I remember correctly, that was up the Elwha trail.
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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 9:44 am 
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For what it's worth - I had a neighbor, a Marine officer, who was highly trained in martial arts. We were discussing attacks by large dogs and he said the trick was to lift them off their front legs, and the dog loses its advantage.
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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 11:54 am 
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Seventy2002 wrote:
... He choked the bear to death by ramming his fist down it's windpipe...

Jean Pierre Hallet did that with a full grown leopard, but lost his arm in the process. Then he walked seven miles (my recollection) with a tourniquet on his stump until he found help. It's detailed in his book, Congo Kitabu. It's a great read about his efforts to protect Pygmy tribes from encroaching civilization.
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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 12:50 pm 
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A cougar attack is a rare thing it only happens once or twice in a decade.
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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 12:54 pm 
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Anne Elk wrote:
Hard to imagine how he pulled that off!

This happened in my brother's home town of Fort Collins Colorado. He was able to shed a little more light on the subject and that was confirmed by an article in this morning's Spokesman Review. Apparently the runner "suffocated" the cat.

There was also an article in the Spokesman this morning about a  woman in Mackay Idaho who was attempting to break up a dog fight when she realized she had grabbed hold of a young mountain lion. She was able to restrain the cougar while calling for her husband to come out with his gun. He did and shot the cougar. This was a little one - it weighed 35#
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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 1:08 pm 
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Cats are getting restless.  Soon we'll all need midevil armor for Mailbox Peak.  People who can't afford armor will hike with sacrificial dogs.
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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 1:33 pm 
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moonspots wrote:
Is that ever the truth! I wouldn't want to try to wrestle (in earnest) my son's 7lb cat.....  shakehead.gif He was quite fortunate, regardless of how he managed it.

I heard about a domestic cat sending a groomer to the emergency room!   eek.gif

I have a pet cat, which probably puts me at an advantage for dealing with cougars.  If I ever encounter one on the trail I know to scratch behind its ears, give it a catnip toy, and open a can of food.
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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 1:35 pm 
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I've never carried bear spray when hiking in the Cascades or Olympics, being only worried about griz and figuring chances of running into one in WA is almost nil.  But with all these cat reports, I think I'm going to start, especially when doing long, lower altitude walks - like up the Dose.  On a related note, I'm reminded of BC old-timer Cougar Annie.  Tough as nails, that old gal.  Found a cc of the book about her - Cougar Annie's Garden up in Bellingham.  Great story.

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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 1:59 pm 
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Cyclopath wrote:
If I ever encounter one on the trail I know to scratch behind its ears, give it a catnip toy, and open a can of food.

That, or telepathy.
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It's all good Inslee had our backs back in 2015.
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/inslee-reverses-panels-decision-to-increase-cougar-hunts/
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