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    06-03-2010, 01:40 PM
  #21
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by AQHA    
What do you do if you see a cougar while riding?
Smile shyly, and ask her to buy me a drink

(My joke's even worse, so there!)
     
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    06-03-2010, 02:29 PM
  #22
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To balance the "no worries" messages:

1) Only if you're running/jogging is the cat likely to attack: no--at least one person was attacked while he was stopped & tinkering with his mountain bike, & another man stepped onto his porch to go in the front door & a cat was around the corner & attacked him there, & another cat dropped down from a tree onto slowly-walking horse & rider, & other people have been attacked at a sedate stroll/sitting/standing. Some cats are emboldened by having rabies, as well.

2) Only be concerned at dawn & dusk: no--cougars are opportunistic predators; they'll attack-- & have-- at any hour.

3) It's very rare for a cougar to attack: no--since they're opportunistic hunters, they will, usually, if the opportunity arises. They don't care if one's a human, it's all good eats to them. The only chance you have is to scare them somehow (looking as large as possible), weapons, etc., & the grace of G-d.
     
    06-03-2010, 05:10 PM
  #23
Trained
Northern -

Cougars are incredibly intelligent creatures. They will attack you if they are dead set on it but if you know how to handle the situation the odds of being killed are substantially lower. No, you probably won't see a cougar befor eit sees you....But sometimes you see it in time to stop it. And the reason we say Dawn and dusk is because that is when the cats are most active. I do not say they don't live in the middle of the day, but they often won't hunt during that time. The like the twilight feel better. It adds more camo to their bodies and helps them hide.

And many times the cats will just be checking you out. I've been around many a big cat and never once has one been hunting me. Perhaps they may be hunting the horse, but like I said earlier the horse will sense it before you and you will have time to protect them. I am not saying the dangers are not present - I am saying that there are ways to help yourself and make the risk less likely to blossom into real trouble.

And as for the movement: YES, it IS a proven fact that the cat will NOT be as LIKELY to attack you if you are not running from him. If you run you're dead. You do notihng you're dead, but if you puff up and be defensive, you will be fine.....Unless of course there's cubs involved, in which case you are likely to die anyway.

A cougar will rarely want to attack a human for food unless it is starving. That is also a proven fact.
     
    06-03-2010, 05:59 PM
  #24
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Northern    

3) It's very rare for a cougar to attack: no--since they're opportunistic hunters, they will, usually, if the opportunity arises. They don't care if one's a human, it's all good eats to them. The only chance you have is to scare them somehow (looking as large as possible), weapons, etc., & the grace of G-d.

Yes. Cougars attack very very few people every year. Compared to the number of cougars it is extremely rare for a cougar to attack. Where people are encroaching on thier habitat and where there is not sufficent hunting to keep numbers down you are more likely to be attacked but it is still too rare to worry much about. Just like with any predator two-legged or four-legged if you are properly prepared and stay aware you are at even less risk of even seeing one.

As far as using dogs to protect you, get a fat slow dog that you can outrun and then you don't have to worry about getting mauled.
     
    06-03-2010, 06:16 PM
  #25
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
Yes. Cougars attack very very few people every year. Compared to the number of cougars it is extremely rare for a cougar to attack. Where people are encroaching on thier habitat and where there is not sufficent hunting to keep numbers down you are more likely to be attacked but it is still too rare to worry much about. Just like with any predator two-legged or four-legged if you are properly prepared and stay aware you are at even less risk of even seeing one.

As far as using dogs to protect you, get a fat slow dog that you can outrun and then you don't have to worry about getting mauled.
lmao!!! That is rich!

I am rethinking my bell that I keep on my saddle when riding alone. Perhaps I am "training" the cougars in the area that "dinner" is coming!
     
    06-03-2010, 07:13 PM
  #26
Pro
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
Yes. Cougars attack very very few people every year. Compared to the number of cougars it is extremely rare for a cougar to attack. Where people are encroaching on thier habitat and where there is not sufficent hunting to keep numbers down you are more likely to be attacked but it is still too rare to worry much about. Just like with any predator two-legged or four-legged if you are properly prepared and stay aware you are at even less risk of even seeing one.

As far as using dogs to protect you, get a fat slow dog that you can outrun and then you don't have to worry about getting mauled.

Lol... I take my fat/slow dog every time I go riding! He can barley keep up to my horse, I have to take breaks for him!
     
    06-03-2010, 08:57 PM
  #27
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"That is all a cougar is: a killing machine."--Leonard Doty, after cougar encounter

This site will give you the lowdown on all things Big Cat: Cougar Information

From spending an hour reading the accounts, I'm impressed by: 1) how many cats were not starving, but merely looking for the next meal. 2) how many cats were unafraid of humans yelling, "getting big", waving sticks, etc. 3) how many cats were hunting/attacked at other times than dawn & dusk, including all hours of the night. 4) how there's no guarantee that a cat'll attack your dog rather than you, or even its supposed meal-of-choice--deer--instead of humans:

"There were 2 deer within 500 yards of him [the cat] and he chose us as his prey."--in the accounts, a tale of a 2-hour stalk, with a young fawn having been one of the deer.

Note: You might want to read the account of the two horseback riders who were chased by a cougar.
     
    06-03-2010, 09:10 PM
  #28
Green Broke
I gotta say northern, when I started reading a bit, it said: Most human attacks are during daylight hours!.......well, that didnt give me much faith in the website. How many people tromp around in the bush in the middle of the night? Not many, so of course more attacks are going to be during the day! But you can't say cougars hunt people in the daytime more then the night... because theres not an near an even number of people trompin' around in the night.

Most of those cougars were all underwieght, hence, attacking people because they were hungry and needed anything to eat. And heck, if I was a starving cougar and I had a choice between people and deer, go for the people! Theyre easier to catch. And there will always be some literally 'crazy' cougars.
Just my two-cents
     
    06-03-2010, 09:49 PM
  #29
Weanling
Listen to your horse. They have good sense of smell and hearing. Hold on to that saddle for dear life if your horse bolts. Carry a gun?
     
    06-03-2010, 10:04 PM
  #30
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Starlet    
Listen to your horse. They have good sense of smell and hearing.
Unlike deer that are just blobs of meat waiting for a predator.
     

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