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Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Cougar Safety on 03/17/2013 10:47:57 MDT Print View

HERE

Link above shows a simple coat trick that might help discourage a cougar.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Cougar Safety on 03/17/2013 10:51:38 MDT Print View

That's what I keep reading too -- Be Big. Trekking poles would come in handy too.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Cougar Safety on 03/18/2013 13:41:18 MDT Print View

Cougar safety:

cougar safety

Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
big cats on 03/18/2013 15:04:32 MDT Print View

anyone know if cougars like catnip? Just curious.

http://www.wimp.com/tigerscatnip/

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: big cats on 03/18/2013 15:19:25 MDT Print View

I would guess from the video that the odds are good that cougars like catnip.

Note to self....empty all pockets of catnip before entering the woods.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Cougar Safety on 03/18/2013 16:22:30 MDT Print View

Behave yourselves around older women. Renee is 17 years older than I. This one statement is all you need to know about cougars.

Sean Staplin
(mtnrat) - MLife

Locale: Southern Cdn Rockies
Re cougar on 03/18/2013 18:22:26 MDT Print View

Don't make eye contact. Back away from the bar. Call your good looking kid sister to come and pick you up.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re cougar on 03/18/2013 19:12:11 MDT Print View

Hey Sean, can I call your good looking sister?

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Cougar Safety on 03/18/2013 20:24:14 MDT Print View

Well once again Chaff takes an innocent public service announcement and mocks it and the gentle soul who posted it.

As Wonder Boy would say.......jerks!

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Cougar Safety on 03/18/2013 21:21:04 MDT Print View

Should have posted in Philosophy and Techniques to be taken more seriously. Have to wear your thick cougar skin in Chaff.

All in fun Daryl.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Cougar Safety on 03/18/2013 21:57:06 MDT Print View

I appreciate Daryl's efforts to keep Chaff more alive.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Cougar Safety on 03/18/2013 21:59:28 MDT Print View

I'm waiting for a demostration video from Daryl and Squiggles.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Wonder Boy Morphed on 03/18/2013 22:07:29 MDT Print View

I see Wonder Boy morphed back to his familiar self.

Edited by lyrad1 on 03/18/2013 22:08:12 MDT.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Cougar Safety on 03/20/2013 08:38:30 MDT Print View

"Should have posted in Philosophy and Techniques"

Too serious, no sarcasm, no insults, no fun.

Only Chaff makes me suddenly laugh out loud with a mouth full of food.

Only Chaff can hoist one upon their own petard.

Only Chaff can deliver the punch line to a straight line from a gentle, sensitive soul like myself.

Only Chaff can give each poster his/her fair share of abuse.

Only Chaff has their own theme song.


Chaft

Edited by lyrad1 on 03/20/2013 09:25:44 MDT.

just Justin Whitson
(ArcturusBear)
Re: big cats on 03/21/2013 09:49:42 MDT Print View

"anyone know if cougars like catnip? Just curious.

http://www.wimp.com/tigerscatnip/ "


Some might, but i remember from going to the Big Cat Rescue and Reserve in FL some years ago, that some of the bigger cats do like catnip, and some like cinnamon a lot. I seem to remember that cougars tend to like the cinnamon more? But don't quote me.

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
another tip on 03/25/2013 09:47:06 MDT Print View

The stuff in the video is mostly old hat. The most interesting one I heard aout from the animal behaviorists is to paint/draw large eyes on your helmet (around here most of our - rare - mountain lion attacks are on moving mountain bikers), shirt or equipment. Apparently the cats like to attack out of a blind spot. If they see eyes then they figure it may be a waste of energy. This would be much more useful, if it actually works - in the vast majority of cases you are not going to *see* the cougar that attacks you or have any time to scare it off! Might be interesting to market shirts with the eyes ready made on front and back. Not sure if it would work on the other kind of cougars.

I go hiking solo all the time in the mountain-lion-rich area around here. I have never seen one, but assume I have been seen *by* one tons of time. Sometimes I get that feeling I'm being watched - but it is probably just that I have been thinking about being eaten by a mountain lion for the past several minutes when out alone in the middle of the mountains. LOL

Unfortunately I missed the one that apparently was just walking along the road 100 feet from my house last year.

Edited by millonas on 03/25/2013 09:56:46 MDT.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: another tip on 03/25/2013 10:31:33 MDT Print View

I've considered painting eyes on the back of my black pack. Not sure what would signal "eyes" to a cougar, however. I'm also a little concerned that it might make my gear look less fashionable than it is.

Maybe just two white circles about 1.5" in diameter?

Ideas?

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
just need some superglue on 03/25/2013 10:56:31 MDT Print View

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Perfect! on 03/25/2013 16:31:10 MDT Print View

Perfect!

Very realistic.

Christopher *
(cfrey.0) - M

Locale: US East Coast
Re: just need some superglue on 03/26/2013 14:20:14 MDT Print View

So if I understand spelt, I should be totally cougar-proof with this set-up. I mean if this doesn't say "Cougar keep away", what does? I am so happy for all the expert advice on BPL. It makes me feel safe in the outdoors.

cougarproof

Edited by cfrey.0 on 03/26/2013 14:27:11 MDT.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Too far? on 03/26/2013 14:31:09 MDT Print View

Christopher,

You have gone too far.

I googled "cougar hors d'oeuvres" and the photo you posted came up.

Christopher *
(cfrey.0) - M

Locale: US East Coast
Re: Too far? on 03/26/2013 15:03:32 MDT Print View

Oh well. If you don't think spelt's tactic will improve my general safety, I guess I'll go back to my regular set-up below. What could possibly go wrong?

Thanks for all the advice.

cougarfood

(and yes, in case you were wondering, that is a sub-5-pound base weight)

Edited by cfrey.0 on 03/26/2013 17:26:29 MDT.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Re: Too far? on 03/26/2013 18:39:14 MDT Print View

That is soooooo funny. I can't quit laughing. Thanks for posting that cute little guy.

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
How To Survive A Cougar Attack! (VIDEO) on 03/31/2013 10:58:46 MDT Print View

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VshBT5Ua4uo

M

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: How To Survive A Cougar Attack! (VIDEO) on 03/31/2013 11:16:19 MDT Print View

I'm 68 years old. Woman in the video looks like a young cougar to me.

Edited by lyrad1 on 03/31/2013 15:45:52 MDT.

David Olsen
(oware)

Locale: Steptoe Butte
young cougars on 04/02/2013 10:35:48 MDT Print View

http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsmtnprairie/8599954273/in/set-72157633115008883/lightbox/

posted in other thread as well

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: young cougars on 04/02/2013 12:00:07 MDT Print View

oxymoron

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: young cougars on 04/02/2013 13:38:49 MDT Print View

David,

Pretty rare photos. I've never seen a cougar let alone young ones in a situation like that.