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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 7:12 am    Post subject: Hiker beats mountain lion off husband with log and pen! Reply with quote
Arrow Hiker beats off mountain lion that had husband's head in its mouth
James Bone in New York
January 27, 2007


A hiker saved her husband’s life with a branch and a ball-point pen after a mountain lion clamped his head in its jaws. Shocked

The attack occurred in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California. The author of this article gives a vivid description of the struggle that ensued between the Hamms, a hiking couple, and a cougar. Mrs. Hamm's bravery and quick thinking saved her husband, and because of it they are both alive to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary! Amazingly, during the attack, they communicated with each other, and importantly, they had already discussed what to do in the event of an attack. But this cat sprung a big surprise and had Mr. Hamm's head in its mouth in no time flat!

While the account of this attack is very frightening -- fatal cougar attacks on humans remain a rare occurance.


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Human encounters with mountain lions are scarce. In the past 100 years, only 14 fatal attacks took place in North America.

In the same period 15,000 people were killed by bees. The chances of being killed by a pet dog are far greater.


According to this article, in the state of California -- "[h]unting mountain lions has been outlawed since 1990 and the state now has an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 of the big cats."
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:09 am    Post subject: Re: Hiker beats mountain lion off husband with log and pen! Reply with quote
that is truely amazing, what humans are capable of.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:31 am    Post subject: You may not see them, but lions see you Reply with quote
Arrow You may not see them, but lions see you
By Terry Knight -- Record-Bee outdoors columnist
Article Last Updated: 01/30/2007 11:14:12 PM PST


This article references the incident where the woman beat the cougar off of her husband with a large stick. It also shares some very chilling insights as to just how stealthy cougars are. Check this out:

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Because they are mostly nocturnal creatures, mountain lions are rarely seen. However, they have learned to live near humans. A few years ago a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put GPS Global Tracking devices on several lions in Southern California. He tracked one lion who would hide in the heavy brush and watch hikers walk by on a popular hiking trail. During the weekend dozens of people passed within a few feet of the lion but no one saw him. The lion stayed in the area for a couple of weeks.

Even a small mountain lion is definitely able to injure or even kill a person. Pound for pound they are rated as the strongest of all the big cats and that includes African lions. A 150-pound mountain lion can take down and kill a 1,000-pound bull elk within a matter of minutes. They kill their prey by approaching from the rear and jumping on their backs and biting down on the neck. They also rake the deer or elk with their long claws to cripple it.


Anyone know if this part of the quote is true Question "Pound for pound they are rated as the strongest of all the big cats and that includes African lions."

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Another follow-up story, showing the victims. The woman was 65 and the man was 70 years old. That makes their story even more amazing! Cool


Arrow Outlook good for man attacked by mountain lion
Sabin Russell, Chronicle Medical Writer
Tuesday, January 30, 2007


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A retired Humboldt County man whose 65-year-old wife saved him from the jaws of a mountain lion during a hike in the North Coast woods last week will undergo six hours of reconstructive surgery on his scalp Wednesday morning after surviving a life-threatening bout of infection from the wounds inflicted by the cat.

Doctors at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco said the outlook is good for 70-year-old Jim Hamm, who was flown from Arcata where he was initially treated before the gravity of his condition became apparent.

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