originally posted by: GreenMtnBoys
The missing Herdman thread got me thinking and revisiting the work of Paulides whom I'm very familiar with. Read some of his books and have listened to many of his interviews. I think he definitely downplays the role mountain lions could have played in many of these disappearances especially among children. I know I'll probably get flamed by the die hard Paulides fans but I think really studying mountain lions and see how inept and incompetent sheriffs deptarments and SAR can be i.e. saying it's highly unlikely mountain lions or predators are involved in such and such cases. Most of the time they have no idea. My view on this has recently changed after reading a lot about cougars in general……more specifically this site………….read through all these detailed attacks…………I always had the laymen's view on cougars that they are dangerous but attacks are pretty where. I think that's a complete overstatement.
I've read through all the attacks and especially the ones on kids stand out.
Anyways, cases like Christopher Thompkins I think Paulides is SPOT ON! That is the spookiest of all the cases I've ever read about.
originally posted by: Vovin
a reply to: knoledgeispower
I'm from a small town in BC (not gonna say where). About 7 years ago I was working in Red Deer, Alberta and on the front page of the local newspaper was a story from one of the local lakes from my BC town. A starving cougar was carrying a small child by his head into the bush from a campsite. Some people noticed it was happening and attacked the cougar and saved the kid.
I've run into bears many times before, like arms length away, and had no problems. But I've never seen a cougar itself. I have seen cougar tracks in snow following my tracks while hunting, and I've heard them, but never seen 'em alive and in the wild.
originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: GreenMtnBoys
They are rare, but becoming less so every day, with the incursions into their territory by people wanting to get away from the cities.
...and you won't know they're around. I'm fairly good in the wilderness, and I've been followed more than once. You haven't had a double take 'til you wake up one morning to discover Cougar tracks walking around your tent from the previous night. That's better than any coffee for waking one up... All in all? I prefer coffee.
Or, the time I was elk hunting. Got skunked, and was headed back to camp, and found a set of coug tracks in my own tracks from that morning...
They're generally only curious... But not always, especially if they think they're being crowded...then all bets are off.