kinda haunting...

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  1. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    I have a horrible, unreasonable and debilatating fear of mountain lions. I have thought long and hard about this one. My answer is to fish with my dog. I understand that the mighty cats don't like being around dogs. Also if the cat did want a meal that day, I believe that it would choose the 42 pound dog over me, kind of a sacrificial canine sort of deal.

    Byrd,
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  2. Scott Keith

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    Just wear a halloween mask on the back of your head. Cougars typically attack from behind. If they can't tell which end is which they typically won't attack... A big knife seems like a good idea.
     
  3. Preston

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    Honestly, do any of you really consider a cougar attack to be any kind of a plausible threat to your well being while fishing? If you do, I would suggest looking at the numbers of attacks by cougars on human beings in Washington state. Perhaps it would be best if you gave up fishing and just stayed home where you'd be perfectly safe.
     
  4. KerryS

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    I'd read this thread but someone posted a useless big assed picture and it isn't worth all the scrolling for another pointless "do you pack" thread.
     
  5. jcalderon

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    another thing that has not been mnetioned and i cannot stress enough... GET A LIGHT on it. It isnt gonna do you a danm bit of good if you cant see what youre shooting at. Get a remote switch for it, so when your hand is on the grip, the light is engaged. Dont be a fool, a gun isnt gonna save your ass, the ability to use the gun just might though
     
  6. reamse

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    Wow it must be nice to not have any fears.

    Good thing you don't have a fear of say a car accident? Or a home invasion, cause then you wouldn't be able to live..

    It's natural to have a fear in the woods, we're at our most vulnerable, humans are not superior in anything but intellect, if you want to pack for the slight chance that felix could rip your face off. Do it, I might just feel safer when I meet you on the banks.

    As far as a long gun, with a cougar, I don't see it helping, unless the cat bites the barrel and saves your neck.

    I carry my 7" hunting knife when fishing, makes me feel more comfortable, statistically it probably won't happen but, i've already got into a car accident and was fortunate to walk away, I don't need a 150 lb cat to take mine from me.

    Knife and mace, would be the best bet I think. Until you get to be 21 then a nice .380 or higher would be useful.
     
  7. gripguru

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    It was a number a years ago, but a buddy of mine and I were hiking up the middle fork of the snoqualmie with his dog and we heard a scream. We thought it was a woman, however there were no other cars parked down where the road was snowed in. Never hearing a cougar before, we did not know what the sound was so we looked around and found nothing so kept on hiking. On our return down the trail we saw the big kitty. It stood on the trail in front of us at about 20 yards looking only at the dog. We almost crapped. Not carrying my pistol, like I normally do on backwoods hikes, this time we were in the snow and I took my extendable ski pole and extended it out as far as I could and removed the bail on the end. The cat twitched and slowly walked down the trail around the corner and out of sight. Unfortunately, it was the way we needed to go. We never saw it again, but it was the most sobering experience I have ever had. From then on, I have always packed. No sense ruining a good fishing trip by not packing and not coming home.:)
     
  8. constructeur

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    My thought is that cats attack by surprise, so you'll get jumped from behind or possibly the side leaving you with very little time, if any, to react and pull your firearm out.

    I'd also think that dragging a rifle or shotgun around whilst fishing would be bloody annoying, I can barely be bothered to carry more than rod, tippet, and one sparse fly box these days.
     
  9. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    If you are scared of the woods, stay out of them..
     
  10. ChrisC

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    Respectfully, there's a huge difference in probability between getting in a car accident and a mountain lion attack.

    http://tchester.org/sgm/lists/lion_attack_odds.html
     
  11. Mike T

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    As I read your attached article it only referred to humans killed by mountain lions, not attacks or close encounters.

    The Seattle PI just ran an article about a grow operation in the North Cascades that was busted, they found $48 million worth of dope. Unfortunately the quiet forest as depicted by Disney doesn't exist anymore.
     
  12. Peter Pancho

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    nice set up. wonder if I could convert my Remington 870 synthetic stock to your set up?
     
  13. Rob Zelk

    Rob Zelk I swing, therefore i am.

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    This thread is serious but funny. From what I could find on the internet here has been less than 100 FATAL cougar attacks in the history of the United States and Canada combined. I could not find a page that would give me a number more than 30 so I rounded up for fun.
    Now just in 2005, in the US alone, 42,636 people were killed in car accidents. Now what are we worried about again? Cougars are the last thing we should be worried about. Most of the attacks were on people either riding bikes or running/jogging. As long as you don't give them a reason to chase you you're fine. Or if you're one of the lucky few who gets taken by a cougar, I'd consider it an honorable death. ;) Seriously though, I'd personally be much more concerned about getting to your trail head or river alive.
     
  14. Ethan G.

    Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

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    iagree It is wholly unlikely that you will be attacked by a big cat. Just be aware of the danger and don't worry too much about it.
    -Ethan
     
  15. seanengman

    seanengman Trout have no politics

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    Peter, search for the stock on gunbroker.com or ebay I bet you could find it there.