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post #51 of 70 Old 08-13-2012, 09:32 AM
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All this talk makes me glad to live in Georgia. The most terrifying animal that ever jumped on my horse while I was riding it was a grey squirrel. (He was frightened and panicked and landed right on the horse's butt.)

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post #52 of 70 Old 08-13-2012, 10:44 AM
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My first trip to Alaska, I talked to the Fish and Game officer and asked about defending myself from a Grizzly

He told me that they can run 35 mph, Have a heart rate of 14 bpm, He said I could shoot one thru the heart at 100 yards and the bear could run me down and maul me before he realized his heart had stopped working.

He instructions to me were that I needed to shoot to break serious bones. Spine, Shoulders. Something to slow the bear down so it could not run as fast. The nexct shots should be double 00 buck and be aimed for the nose and eyes, Effectively blinding and destroying any sense of smell so the bear could not find me, Then I was supposed to run.

The few black bears we shot over the years have never been hard to kill and you can usually shoo them away. But the grizzlies are a totally different game plan.

I've been fortunate that the few grizzlies we have seen in the wild, did not want to harm us. They were more interested in forging for food and leaving us alone.
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post #53 of 70 Old 08-13-2012, 10:59 AM
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That's very scary, maybe you should report the sighting and then ask their advice. If he was that close to you he might not me scared of people - that can be a big issue! You are quite lucky to have seen one! I've never seen one in real life :/

But wow, you guys have so many random wild animals, cougars, bears! The most dangerous wild animal we have in England are drunk soccer fans. (All seriousness they cause a hell of a lot of trouble!)
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All this talk makes me glad to live in Georgia. The most terrifying animal that ever jumped on my horse while I was riding it was a grey squirrel. (He was frightened and panicked and landed right on the horse's butt.)

My horse and I were attacked by a Canadian goose once. In all seriousness, I'm glad this thread was started as a reminder that there are dangerous predators out there that we should be made aware of. Also, getting advice in how to deal with it is always helpful. I can not say I have any useful information because I do not have a very high occurrence of these types of animals in my parts. I know there are black bears out there, but in all my years of riding have never seen one when out riding (yes, I know that doesnt mean they aren't there). Thanks OP
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post #55 of 70 Old 08-14-2012, 09:43 AM
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My horse and I were attacked by a Canadian goose once.
Too funny!!!!!!!

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post #56 of 70 Old 08-14-2012, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Nothing relevant to say except - great googly-moogly am I glad there are no grizzly bears here in Los Angeles! Sheesh. Also, a sort-of lion update...my barn owners told me the other day that s/he was spotted on the other side of the mountain by another trail rider. So I guess my lion friend is getting around! And then I just read about one that's verified as living in Griffith Park here in LA - it's amazing - the cat possibly crossed the 405 to get there! Just in case you're interested: Mountain lion makes itself at home in Griffith Park - latimes.com
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post #57 of 70 Old 08-18-2012, 10:08 PM
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I'm not sure if someone pointed this out yet or not, but I believe you can have a starter pistol with you and it doesn't count as a restricted firearm. If you can't carry an airhorn, you might want to train your horse to get used to a starter pistol going off. You get the bang at least.
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post #58 of 70 Old 09-17-2012, 05:04 PM
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Tonights news had a story about some hunters becoming the hunted. Made me think of this thread. I had this happen in 2010 when I was elk hunting and just didn't have the video camera to take the video like these fellows did.

The point being the cougar checked them out for 20 minutes and moved on. Most cougars are not interested in getting in a fight with a human.
Have You Seen This? Hunters become hunted | ksl.com
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post #59 of 70 Old 09-17-2012, 05:16 PM
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Wow, that gave me chills...
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post #60 of 70 Old 09-17-2012, 07:13 PM
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Looked to me like he wasn't quite sure what those hunters were.
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