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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 2:29 pm 
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neek wrote:
That, or telepathy.

No crystals needed, even!   crazy.gif  Best post of the day, neek!   ykm.gif

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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 2:58 pm 
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Anne Elk wrote:
...But with all these cat reports, I think I'm going to start...

Air horn. They work on dogs, bears, cougars, and doesn't run the risk of the wind blowing capsicum back on you.

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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 3:39 pm 
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Seriously?  Has that been field tested?  On griz?  One disadvantage to the horn, though - no good in the possible event of human predators.  But if they had a gun, it probably wouldn't matter.

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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 3:43 pm 
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neek wrote:
That, or telepathy.

Ah, thoughts and prayers.
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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 4:02 pm 
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Should this guy be referred to (letís call him Bob) as something like Bob, Lion Killer. Kids called ____, Daughter of Lion Killer.
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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 4:05 pm 
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I heard about a domestic cat sending a groomer to the emergency room!   eek.gif

Uh, yeah....housecats CAN be serious!

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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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Now, that's funny!

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PostWed Feb 06, 2019 4:35 pm 
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Always carry a red laser pointer to distract them lighter than spray or the tool that cannot be mentioned.

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PostThu Feb 07, 2019 8:42 am 
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I bring a little air horn with me when I go hiking.  Within the Olympics it has successfully chased off curious mountain goats and bear.   Never met up with a cougar so not sure how it would work against a big putty tat.
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PostThu Feb 07, 2019 10:14 am 
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Better to strangle it
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PostThu Feb 07, 2019 10:49 am 
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I think a horn would work. Loud noises certainly scare my cat.... !!!!! I think I've read that making loud noises is one defense against predators. Even if it just startles them out of attack mode.

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PostThu Feb 07, 2019 11:19 am 
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The wrester was riding his bike illegally I believe in the The Olympic National Park when he was attacked by a couger. He managed to get the couger in a full nelson and there was a stand off for a time until the wrestler let go and the couger took off. No charges were filed as it was viewed as a lesson learned and because of the injuries incurred by the wrestler.
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PostThu Feb 07, 2019 12:21 pm 
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As stated in so many other threads here, I will continue to keep my bear spray handy. Proven to work more often that guns.

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PostThu Feb 07, 2019 12:26 pm 
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Each person's choice of how to protect themselves is their decision.
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PostThu Feb 07, 2019 12:37 pm 
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DadFly wrote:
As stated in so many other threads here, I will continue to keep my bear spray handy. Proven to work more often that guns.

Laser pointer too.
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PostThu Feb 07, 2019 8:04 pm 
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Sky Hiker wrote:
A cougar attack is a rare thing it only happens once or twice in a decade.

Well, this "rare thing" has now happened to at least four people since May 2018, three of which were in the Cascades where two people were killed.  The attack last May involved two persons on mountain bikes, only one survived.

List of KNOWN fatalities:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_cougar_attacks_in_North_America

It's possible some unknown (number > zero) of missing persons were killed by cougars.

Also keep in mind, the actual number "hostile encounters" is impossible to know.  Such encounters may have caused minor injuries and/or were 'mitigated' by various methods.  Avoidance of paperwork  paranoid.gif  leads to under reporting...    moon.gif

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