So, if/when SHTF, we won't only have desperate,
hungry people to contend with,
there will be all kinds of escaped, exotic,
REALLY hungry, desperate animals too!!!
Here in PA they're still denying the presence of cougars,
even though there have always been sightings of them over the years!
For Pete's sake, 'Penn State Nittany Lions', duh!!!
According to this article, they died out in the 1880's. Right!
My neighbor was walking down a dirt road about a mile from here.
In one place the road cuts through a small hill,
so there is a about an 8 foot bank on both sides.
All of a sudden, something big, long, sleek, black & with a long tail
jumped across the road, from bank to bank, just in front of him!
Panther!!! Awesome! He said it was there & gone so fast,
that he almost thought he was seeing things! He never heard it coming!
I asked if he was worried, would he still walk to get to his camp?
He's in his 70's and has lived here all his life.
He walks that road 5 or 6 days a week, all summer, every summer.
Beings he never saw one until then, he figures they must still be pretty reclusive,
so he's not worried about one coming after him.
But he's going to be more careful when he's working in the woods where it's brushy.
He said just like bears, which we have too,
he wouldn't want to get between a Momma & her babies!!!!
I've seen pretty big foot prints on our dirt road at camp.
Couldn't see toenail marks in any of the prints either.
I wanted to think someone from nearby was walking their St Bernard,
& they keep his nails clipped really short, so they didn't leave a mark!
But in the back of my mind, I knew that cougars don't walk with their claws out!
But you wouldn't expect them to take a stroll on a road out in the open either!
When we all go camping there, my sister's Labs love to go exploring.
They will run off chasing each other, having a good time. Been doing it for years.
They won't hurt anything, they were raised with cats & rabbits.
If a bear comes around at night they stay close & bark.
They are wary, but don't really seem scared.
One time when they just left, we heard them come running back right away.
They came & cowered close to us, whining & shaking & trying to get under our camp chairs.
They never went in the woods the rest of the time we were there!
It made us wonder what it could have been?
We joked that it was probably Big Foot! Ha, ha!
But now when I think about it...what would be a dog's worst nightmare???
A giant cat!!! Ha, ha, ha!!!!
edit on 6-6-2014 by wasobservingquietly because: (no reason given)