Cougar Stalks Man For 6 Minutes During Run

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by Currawong, Oct 12, 2020.

  1. Currawong

    Currawong Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 19, 2012
    What do you do in a situation like this? Wave a stick and yell a lot? Carry a gun? I wouldn't want to fend it off with a knife.

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  2. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    When out for a dayhike in lion country I carry a .45. In fact, one time when I was taking some teenage girls from church on an overnight hike (don't worry, there were other adults along), the mother of two of the girls insisted that I carry a gun.
  3. Wicked Sharp

    Wicked Sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 20, 2007
    Like my daddy used to say, “it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it”. This guy is LUCKY he didn’t wind up like Carol Baskin’s husband....., in a big pile of cat shit. Always, always carry the means to protect yourself from two (and four) legged predators. The life you save might be yours.
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  4. Currawong

    Currawong Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 19, 2012
    I saw people saying there were cubs nearby, and she was trying to protect them. But how do you tell if it's trying to scare you or eat you? Maybe if the latter, you would never see it coming.

    I'm in Australia, so I'm more familiar with the behaviour of snakes and goannas and the like.
  5. BOSS1

    BOSS1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 16, 2008
    I'd say the hiker should go buy a lottery ticket.

    Had he run, the cougar might have gone into pursuit/hunt mode and took him down. Under the circumstances, other than perhaps chucking rocks or arming himself with stick or something, he was short on options.

    He's [email protected] lucky he spotted it before it was on him.

    I recall a story awhile back, a fellow was out hunting in our region. For some reason, he decided to look behind him (instinct? intuition? luck?). He found himself staring at cougar a few feet away. He was able to basically 'hip shoot' it with his rifle and survived.

    Mother nature can be dangerous. Even on short hikes, I usually have at least some form of fixed blade.

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  6. JB in SC

    JB in SC Basic Member Basic Member

    May 19, 2001
    If you look at the entire 6 minute video you can see him approaching and the kitten running into the brush before the mama lion starts after him, my question is what was he doing videoing the approach unless he saw it and thought it would be cool to get footage.
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  7. Rex G

    Rex G

    Aug 26, 2002
    Bozo The Videographer was photographing the cute little kitty. (As stated, above, by JB in SC, this was obvious, in the full, long video.) Mama Cat scolded him. Obvious defensive displays, by Mama Cat.

    Some people exist for the sole purpose of serving as examples of what not to do.

    Yes, we should carry guns, while out and about, everywhere it is legal to do so.
  8. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    There wouldn't have been a video if that was me. I'd have been throwing rocks with both hands.
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  9. barleywino

    barleywino Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jul 11, 2020
    I also like to carry a hiking pole with Texas toothpick (spear). Hope i never need to use it.
  10. De Plano

    De Plano

    Jun 28, 2012
    It wasn't stalking him, it was saying "#$&@ off" in cougar.

    My girlfriend would get pissed everytime every time it was shown. A bit of the time they would interview a forest/wildlife person pointing out it was protecting it's cubs (I believe three of them) and the host would still lead with "stalking". Even at the end the cat looks back to see how far back the cubs were before bailing.
  11. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    This is true. Her bluff charges were to scare the runner off. Cougar attacks are rarely frontal but usually from the back in ambush style.
  12. scdub

    scdub Basic Member Basic Member

    May 29, 2004
    Amazing video - almost as scary as the one with the kayaker getting attacked by hammerhead sharks...
    Imo, if you go outside and you can bring a gun, bring a gun.
    (And a pocket knife, and another knife, and a flashlight).
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2020
  13. Mannlicher


    Nov 19, 2008
    I can’t picture going afield unarmed.

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