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Cougars By My Neighborhood

I live in suburb just east of Sacramento. Our neighborhood is adjacent to the American River, which has a strip of land on each side to make up a nice, wooded parkway. A nice paved bike trail goes along the river for joggers and bicyclists (think dinner bell). Right here near the city we regularly, and more often lately, see cougars. They are attracted by our deer and turkey population. Here in California (home of the nuts and fruits) the voters passed a proposition several years ago banning the hunting of these cats. We are having more attacks because of it. and the cats don't seem very scared of people at all. I'm curious if one will nab a human by our neighborhood, or come into our neighborhood. When one was spotted this weekend, the nuts in the local newspaper were saying that it was good and that it's our fault if somebody's attacked, since we were guilty of developing this land. Nice.

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Location: Canada
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Cougars By My Neighborhood

Eventually you will have grief. Even in areas where they are hunted they attack people occasionally. A lady was attacked and killed by a cougar where I use to guide for cougar in British Columbia. Cats in BC routinely come into peoples yards and eat their dogs, even in really populated areas like around Vancouver..........................it's only a matter of time. As you know there have been cougar attacks in California before.

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yeah, I hear ya

We just had an attack near the north coast part of the state a few days ago. The old guy was hiking with his wife. They are both around 70 years old. The old lady saw that the cat had her husband pinned down with the old guy's head in his mouth and she beat the cat with a 4" dia log and the cat let go. It doesn't look like the old guy will make it though, due to infection.

Down by our river, I'm often running around with my 1.5 year old son. I'm keeping him very close from now on. Of course, we aren't allowed to carry firearms down there. I fish with a big filet knife on my hip.

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Location: williamstown vt
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Re: Cougars By My Neighborhood

When one was spotted this weekend, the nuts in the local newspaper were saying that it was good and that it's our fault if somebody's attacked, since we were guilty of developing this land. Nice.

They will change there toon when its one of them or someone they know that gets malled or killed.

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Location: Maysville, Grant Co, WV
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The DANGER of WILDLIFE animals........

In reply to correspondents from western states on cougar attacks.....
ALL wildlife should be considered dangerous......that is what their name implies. (W I L D L I F E).

According to newspapers articles I've read, the majority of attacks came from young adult male cougars, who were lying in wait along game trails, awaiting their dinners.

We publish a FREE flyer which lists informational data as to what safety precautions are necessary if people are roaming the otdoors... These rules apply to ALL large predators including BEAR & MOUNTAIN LIONS.:

1) NEVER APPROACH ANY TYPE OF WILDLIFE WHEN ITS SLEEPING, EATING OR HAS OFFSPRING NEARBY. NEVER, NEVER APPROACH OR PICK UP A YOUNG CUB.......IT CAN BE VERY DETREMENTAL TO YOUR HEALTH.

2) WHEN HIKING IN RURAL OR WOODS AREAS, WALK WITH A HIKING STICK & KEEP CHILDREN CLOSE TO YOU....

3) BE AWARE OF YOUR SOURROUNDINGS AND WHAT TYPES OF WILDLIFE ARE IN THOSE AREAS AT ALL TIMES.....VARIOUS FORMS OF WILDLIFE, SKUNKS, BOBCATS, BEARS, MOUNTAIN LIONS, RABBITS CALL THE WOODS AND FORESTS THEIR HOMES.

4) IF YOU SUDDENLY COME UPON ANY TYPE OF WILDLIFE, STAY CALM.
DON'T, DON'T RUN FROM IT.....TALK GENTLY & QUIETLY TO IT.

5) DON'T TURN YOUR BACK TO ANY TYPE OF WILDLIFE......STAY FACING IT, BUT SLOWLY BACK UP....AND TRY TO GET A LARGE SIZE TREE BETWEEN YOU AND THE 'ANIMAL" & STAY ON OPPOSITE SIDE OF TREE.
DO NOT TRY CLIMBING THE TREE!!!!!

6) STAND STRAIGHT UP...MAKE YOURSELF AS LARGE AND VISIBLE AS POSSIBLE.

7) REMEMBER IN 99.9% OF ALL WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS, THE ANIMAL WILL LEAVE YOU ALONE...AND ARE MORE FEARFUL OF YOU, THEN YOU ARE OF THEM.......

8) REMEMBER, THE WORD "WILDLIFE" MEANS THE ANIMAL IS "W-I-L-D".
LEAVE IT ALONE.........

If anyone would like a copy of our data on what to do when meeting wildlife in the outdoors, contact me at epuma@hardynet.com
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