Jogger filming cougar cubs barely escapes mauling by mom

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/10/15/jogger-filming-cougar-cubs-barely-escapes-mauling-by-mom.html

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I think the cougar was just making a point about the portrait mode video.

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Not sure what’d be worse, being chased by a cougar, or escaping her only to realise that you have to turn around and go past her again to get home.

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The Earth is round, just go the other way.

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Encountering baby bears or other animals while out hiking is always my greatest fear, because you know mom isn’t far away and she will take any movement as a threat. Luckily he kept his cool, made himself as big as possible (works for cougars, not so much for bears) and kept facing her. But yeah, I’d have been pissing my drawers, too, after playing too many hours of Red Dead Redemption 2 and getting eaten by plenty of cougars.

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Works other way too:

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On a cat-loving Internet, it’s obvious when you come across a dog person.

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This guy’s an idiot. Firstly, whenever he saw the kits, he should have immediately, and cautiously, excited the area, keeping a careful eye out for the mother, and a stick to arm himself with. Secondly, he’s tripping over the rocks on the trail. WTF took him so long to get the idea to throw a rock?

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I like how his curses downshift from R- rated to G- rated once he’s out of danger. Nice to know the inner dialogue of Mormons is just as blue as my own, despite the appearances.

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He didn’t have time to exit the area between the time he saw the kittens and the time Mama came after him. Also, when dealing with a big cat, you never take your eyes off the cat, make yourself smaller or turn your back. Bending down to grab a stick or a rock would have diverted his attention, made him smaller and provoked an attack. He was smart enough to know this.

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I’ve seen this behavior in domestic cats. The snarling and hissing, the ground slaps, the turning sideways to make herself look bigger… this is all “GTFO” in cat language. The only thing that surprised me was how far she followed him. That was a long six minutes.

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Yeah, this reads like warning behavior to me. I’d still be respectfully getting out of there, while looking large, as he did though. Warning posture is cold comfort when it’s a mama.

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The cougar wasn’t stalking or attacking. The mode that it was in is called escorting. It was removing the threat from the area around its children.

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He should have been yelling “BATH TIME!” or “VETERINARIAN!”. Makes my cat run away every time.

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Few things are as distressing as an unanticipated cougar.

I’m glad the guy didn’t get stuck trying to fumble his bow and improved arrows out from under his saddle.

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Unless you’re a handsome, well built young gentleman low on cash and looking for some fun at a fancy bar downtown…

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The distance she followed him was striking. Just watching the landscape change in the background, and realising how far back up the hill he was going.

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The liberal use of the “bleep” button struck me as very Utah.

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You don’t want to bend down to pick up a rock - it’s the opposite of making yourself big. As an idiot though, he probably didn’t realize this.

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Ha! My exact thoughts! The cougar would always get me when I was stalking the Legendary Moose just north of Brandywine Drop, north of Annesburg. That was always a fast kill; I died fast. The other was in New Austin, stalking the Legendary Cougar. I hit it with a scope rifle, it came after me, but relented, when I finally dropped it with a repeater. Those cougars are scary!

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