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2011-07-31 20:25:41
A while back I had said my friends called me a cougar because I was dating someone a bit younger. Some asked what that meant, and Patito 'educated' them. I have the scoop on what really happened to Patito. He was attacked by the much younger and gorgeous Mlle Fifi Feline because he made a pass at her. So, she gave him the paw with her claws out and sunk her fangs in his neck (a bit of a feline vampire). When he entered the bar, his friends asked what happened. He said that he was attacked by a forocious male cougar, but he won the skirmish.
2011-07-31 16:50:06
Yes, cougars can be dangerous critters. One followed me home from a bar in Laredo one time and attacked me . I managed to survive the encounter but I got scratched up and bit pretty bad.
2011-07-31 09:46:11
My personal encounter with a cougar took place about 15 years ago in Joshua Tree National Monument of Southern California. I was alone and exploring this high desert area on foot. There are no trails here and at one point I walked down a sand-filled ravine for about 1/2 mile. When I turned around and returned, I could clearly see my footprints that I had left in the sand on the way down -- however following closely behind them were the footprints of a cougar. I cougar that I never saw but that clearly saw and followed me. To learn that I had been followed by a cougar during my time at Joshua Tree was quite disconcerting so I somewhat quickly hiked back to my car and left the area. However, I was not highly frightened as I figured that the cougar had been following me more out of curiosity rather than to stalk me as prey. I did decide to go back to Palm Springs and to take my chances with some of the 'female cougars' in the bars there. That can be a really frightening experience.
2011-07-31 08:43:49
It is not at all true that cougars are especially fond of small dogs, domestic cats and children. Their diet consists primarily of deer and is at least 98+% ungulates including deer, elk, wild goats and sheep. Sometimes horses, cattle and pigs. They do on occasion attack dogs and cats but only when driven out of severe hunger. Attacks on humans are extremely rare because cougars don't recognize our species as potential prey. In the last 100 years in North America there have only been 20 deaths related to cougar attacks. Almost all cases of cougar attacks are provoked by defense mechanisms and not by a predator instinct. Cougar populations may be increasing in many areas and this is resulting in their spread into areas where they have not been until very recent. The main reason for this is that adult male cougars will simply not tolerate the presence of other adult males in their territories and these territories may be up to 10 square miles.
2011-07-31 08:25:09
The puma that was struck and killed by a car in Milford, Connecticut is believed to be an escaped pet. Although it's genetic connections were consistent with animals in the Black Hills of South Dakota, it certainly didn't travel that distance on it's own.
2011-07-31 06:05:56
Actually, people are told to keep indoors…particularly because of Connie.
2011-07-31 06:00:58
Australia is noted for it's deadly snakes! In Australia almost every snake is poisonous and deadly so, on every other continent the majority of snakes are non-poisonous. However, the world's most dangerous animal (responsible for more human deaths than any other) is the mosquito. More Africans have died of malaria, transmitted by mosquitoes, than there are people in Australia.
2011-07-31 03:09:31
You better hope your wife doesn't read this, or you're in the dog house
2011-07-31 02:19:42
Yes patito, we sure do have those creatures you spoke of. Thankfully, they are up the top end of Australia, well the crocs are anyway. I never go much to the beach now. I stay out of the water and make sure if I walk on the sand that I have good protective shoes. You can even step on things like syringes and needles on the beach. I nearly stood on a jellyfish when I was a little girl, but thankfully my parents told me to stop what I was doing and to keep perfectly still. They moved it out of the way with a huge stick. Funnel webs are not in Victoria thankfully, at least not yet. We do however have redback spiders and they are just as bad as those funnel webs... :(
2011-07-31 02:01:31
Sure, but you guys have huge man-eating salt-water crocodiles, great white sharks, and box jellyfish. You're okay Down Under as long as you stay out of the water. Oops ! I forgot about funnel-web spiders ! They can get you in your backyard !
2011-07-31 01:27:25
Wow, are things that bad with cougars in the suburban backyards ? I didn't realize that. All we have here are blow flies by the hundreds during summer. The only things that creatures do anything to my plants, are snails and caterpillars. Cougars are the furthest things from our minds here.....
2011-07-31 00:46:42
Last summer my wife and I were cooking in our backyard which is surrounded by a ten foot tall privacy fence. Just at sundown as we were about to take the steaks off the grill an enormous mountain lion leaped over the fence in a single bound, landed just a few feet from where we were standing, grabbed my wife in its jaws and tried to jump back out of the yard. My wife was struggling and screaming, and the cat was having trouble clearing the topof the fence. Thinking quickly, I opened the back gate for it. Thanks, Big Fella, where ever you are !
2011-07-30 20:29:40
In Vancouver and its surrounding areas, we have problems with coyotes, brown bears and cougars. People are told to keep their animals indoor...particularly because of the cougars.
2011-07-30 19:47:18
We live in Henderson, Nevada and one of these things jumped an 8 ft. fence into our neighbor's backyard, grabbed their cocker spanial that probably weighed close to twentyfive pounds and jumped back over the fence with it and was gone before anybody could hardly do anything. It's happened several times around here.
2011-07-30 18:24:46
Seen one of these in your back yard lately ? If you live in North America you might. Biologists estimate there are well over 100,000 of these critters there, and they are on the move, re-inhabiting parts of the country where they were hunted out years ago including many urban and suburban areas. One was recently struck nd killed by a car in Milford, Connecticut. Genetic tests indicated that the animal originated in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Cougars can weigh up to 200 lbs, are deadly efficient predators, and are especially fond of small dogs, domestic cats, and children. Keep your eyes open !