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post #11 of 14 Old 05-20-2010, 12:36 AM
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Im neighbours with the rocky mountains, first thing I was taught was how to deal with a cougar,LOL.

Unless the horse freaks and starts running away, stand your ground and tell the cougar to get, haha, just act aggressive like your looking for a fight to win. I promise you, if your on your horse and you see a cougar, he's not going to eat you. Cougars don't like to fight, so they wait up in trees for prey to pass under, then they pounce and snap it's neck... If it's hunting you, you won't see it until it has already ontop of you. If you see it you shouldn't have any problems with it. Unless you surprise it, but I doubt you would do that if your on a horse, horses are to loud. :)
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post #12 of 14 Old 05-20-2010, 12:42 AM
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Im neighbours with the rocky mountains, first thing I was taught was how to deal with a cougar,LOL.

Unless the horse freaks and starts running away, stand your ground and tell the cougar to get, haha, just act aggressive like your looking for a fight to win. I promise you, if your on your horse and you see a cougar, he's not going to eat you. Cougars don't like to fight, so they wait up in trees for prey to pass under, then they pounce and snap it's neck... If it's hunting you, you won't see it until it has already ontop of you. If you see it you shouldn't have any problems with it. Unless you surprise it, but I doubt you would do that if your on a horse, horses are to loud. :)
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post #13 of 14 Old 05-20-2010, 12:50 AM
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Last week a 75 lb cougar was killed about 3 miles from my house and just a few blocks from a subdivision and elementary school. It was hiding in a freeway underpass and nobody noticed it until some people stopped to change a tire and heard it growling at them. A Fish and Game man shot it.

You are fairly safe on a horse but there was a old cowboy in the Book Cliffs of eastern Utah that had one jump on him while he was riding through some trees. It knocked him off his horse but he managed to kill it with a rock and big stick. I believe he is refered to as Sir now. I have ridden alot in the backcountry and although I have seen sign (some very fresh) I have very rarely seen an actual cat. They are quite reclusive and try hard to avoid human contact in most cases.

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post #14 of 14 Old 05-20-2010, 01:31 AM
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ICougars don't like to fight, so they wait up in trees for prey to pass under, then they pounce and snap it's neck...
The same applies to almost all predators. They don't want to fight (unless they or cubs are threatened), they want an easy meal. If you don't look like a threat or easy meal, they'll generally leave.

You might also keep in mind that if you're driving to your trailhead, you're far more likely to be hurt or killed on the drive than out in the wilderness.
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