posted on Apr, 28 2009 @ 05:04 PM
Just from the many stories over the centuries I've read about, the likelihood of seeing one is of course, by penetrating or intruding on their
They apparently don't like that, and will knock wood, I assume to solicit others, and will throw rocks, scream, and make noise to drive intruders
Likewise, they have to eat. There are numerous reports of them stealing venison. In Okalahoma, they would even steal frozen venison hind quarters
from a freezer on the back porch.
The third commonality is the presence of women. Whether curious, they feel less threatened, or are attracted by the odor, they do the approaching
when women are present.
They are reported to eat roots and vegetation that is full of moisture that naturally grows on the banks of lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers. In
addition, in many water sources, small crayfish, and even mussels are present.
Reports indicate an unbelievable strength, and usually we equate that with being slow. But reports indicate that they have short bursts of speed,
enough to knock down a deer, and that's fast!
Apparently, they can be killed, but if someone is of a mind to shoot one, you better have a large bore and lots of power behind it. Of course,
anything can be killed, but as fast and as strong as they are, if you shoot one, you better make damned certain that you killed it, or make sure
you're clean out of the territory by dark.
Different animals have different levels of hearing, and even different eyes which take in more of the light spectrum. Some have uncanny night vision,
whereas we aren't that good. This is why I think those with Nightshot, and similar cameras maybe haven't caught one. If they can detect portions
of the infrared, then these cameras would appear to them like a spotlight.
Thermal cameras are passive, and only detect heat.
So if you're going to hunt one, bring a woman, or even better, two. Bring and hang venison or periodically leave hanging venison in place for weeks
or months before you intend to hunt the spot. Don't use IR cameras, for safety's sake, have a big bore, and remember that they can likely outrun a
deer in sprints.
I can also see "salting" an area with apples, or the like, using water balloon launchers to keep from having to enter the impact area and thus upset
the local scent mix. After launching on the same day of the week for months, you'll likely find that they know exactly what day of the week to
expect the next food batch.
These things are canny. They communicate, they are masters of hiding in spite of their size, and they can break you in half.
Good things to know.