Cougar encounter

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Wild cougars and getting close

dave gaines wrote:

Hi John,

Thanks for sharing that story. I would have been very afraid, even if the zoo keeper was not. Wild animals are always wild. Big cats are carnivores. What I've read about wild cougar encounters is you always make eye contact and never look or turn away from them. It's a sign of flight and can trigger an attack, if they are ever going to.

I will look for the history of Mildura and it's California connection.

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My father was out on a hunting trip in Montana when he encountered one at a distance of about ten feet. Both of them apex predators, both of them easily capable of killing the other, and both aware that the other's not their prey but hoping the other realizes that too.

Eventually the big ol' kitty wandered off, but that's the experience of a lifetime! There are signs all over Tucson (where I lived for years) telling folks what to do if they encounter one, which is just what you described: look big and unafraid and not like dinner.

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