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originally posted by: ISawItFirst
a reply to: enlightenedservant
I don't think I said anything about what the animals are capable of. Except hogs will rip you up if one comes by and you're on his trail. Ask a hog hunter why they trod heavy bush when there are clear trails feet away.
Nor did I encourage fear. If I saw a bobcat around, I would put it down, but only because my little dog runs around and thinks everything exists to please him.
And an animal as stealth as a bobcat getting seen repeatedly is a problem. Something up with a cat like that.
Anyways, if we did want to go the statistics route, well, I can't find a whole lot on injuries, only deaths, so we aren't seeing the whole picture.
But that would just be being argumentative, and I think we are primarily in agreement.
I've been face to face with a black bear at 2 am in the middle of the woods. It will get your heart pumping, but nothing really to fear.
Seeing a bobcat hanging around where people live is like seeing a raccoon in the day time. Something is off with that animal.
I doubly recommend that book, the contented poacher, it has recipes too!
originally posted by: starswift
Don't get between a bear sow and her cub.
Coyotes will kill your dogs and cats, but don't tend to attack humans, unless you have coywolves, then who knows. Bears more often than not will turn tail from four dogs, or even a person. Until they don't, then you're going to have a bad time. Bobcats won't kill four dogs, but might attack them individually. Your cats are screwed. Mountain lion will kill your dogs, cats, and you if it wants to, but probably won't, again until it does. You should get a gun.