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Old 05-15-06, 04:08 PM   #1
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Beware of Mountain Lions!!!

S.O. and I went on a late, midnight full-moon hike Sat. night. We went up Milcreek and hiked up the Grandeur Peak trail. The moon was huge and bright, and everything was visible and bathed in silver.

We were reaching near the top when suddenly we both stopped. I felt a low, deep creaking resonate through me. It was long and dragged out and very deep and very loud. I've never heard anything like it in my life.

I asked bf what it was, and he was quiet for a moment. He thought it might have been his own heartbeat because the frequency was so deep and so low that it vibrated right through us. I said I was turning around and he followed me back down the path.

He asked me what I thought I heard and I told him it sounded like growling. A low, deep growling. I was so scared! I don't think I've ever been more scared in my life! That cat had to have been so close to us for its growl to be so loud and to resonate in us like that. All I wanted to do was to get back to the car.

He said we should keep talking and then he told me he thought it was what I thought I heard. It had to be. What else could it be? The good thing is that it did growl at us. We had obviously gotten to close to it and we have threatened it. If it was going to attack us, it probabaly would not have warned us like that.

I'm so glad I wasn't alone and that I had s.o. with me. He stayed calm and knew what to do. If I was by myself I probably would have freaked out started running.

So yeah, beware of very large cats and always carry your cat spray. And don't hike alone!

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Yup, and there's ravening alligators in Florida, mean ol' bears up north, and skulking coyotes d@mn near everywhere. Everyone otta' stay home with the dead-bolt engaged and curtains drawn. That poison ivy ain't no "tea with the Queen" either.
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Cool. I love big cats. You two handled it well, but cat attacks are rare...

Consider yourself lucky. Not for just surviving (by not doing anything stupid, but respecting your environment), but also by having a partner willing to hike deep with you at night. That's more than surviving, that's living!
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Cool. I love big cats. You two handled it well, but cat attacks are rare...

Consider yourself lucky. Not for just surviving (by not doing anything stupid, but respecting your environment), but also by having a partner willing to hike deep with you at night. That's more than surviving, that's living!
Yes, that is what I think too! It was quite an adventure, that's for sure!
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Old 05-15-06, 05:41 PM   #5
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Good thing you kept your cool, they attack when you run. The spray is good, but lions are so stealth that most time you don't have time to use it. Glad you are both OK!
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It was probably purring at you, not growling

ok ok, but they're shy by nature. Also, I hear they're generally scared of barking and size, so if you get into a confrontation, hold your bike over your head to make yourself look very big, and put on your best German Shepherd act
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Yup, and there's ravening alligators in Florida, mean ol' bears up north, and skulking coyotes d@mn near everywhere. Everyone otta' stay home with the dead-bolt engaged and curtains drawn. That poison ivy ain't no "tea with the Queen" either.
agreed and you forgot sharks in the atlantic too
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Old 05-15-06, 08:42 PM   #8
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What a great story....sounds like something you'll never forget. You'll be telling your grandkids about it some day.
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ok. I'm just kidding, but it would have been a great video - even if all we got was the sound of the growl.
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The talking and not panicing was a good thing. Mother Nature sometimes needs to remind us that we're not always in control and the she wishes to be minded.
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Pffffft. Your boyfriend is a wimp. I would have jumped into the bushes and wrestled that mountain lion into submission. Then I'd let you come pet it and we'd take it back to the camp to hang out for a bit. I'd make it some warm milk and some hamburger then send it on its way with a friendly pat on the rump.
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Pffffft. Your boyfriend is a wimp. I would have jumped into the bushes and wrestled that mountain lion into submission. Then I'd let you come pet it and we'd take it back to the camp to hang out for a bit. I'd make it some warm milk and some hamburger then send it on its way with a friendly pat on the rump.
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coyotes d@mn near everywhere.
We have coyotes EVERYWHERE, and they're all wimps. I've rode through packs of them a few times, and only ONCE did one make a sound, when I kicked it in the jaw for getting to close.

Hell, I've seen the neighborhood dogs go past them and not worry.
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Pffffft. Your boyfriend is a wimp. I would have jumped into the bushes and wrestled that mountain lion into submission. Then I'd let you come pet it and we'd take it back to the camp to hang out for a bit. I'd make it some warm milk and some hamburger then send it on its way with a friendly pat on the rump.
And in other news tonight....a cyclist was mauled and scalped when he attempted to impress his girlfriend by wrestling a mt. lion. The man is recovering from his injuries, but doctors say there is nothing they can do about the lack of intelligence he still exhibits.
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And in other news tonight....a cyclist was mauled and scalped when he attempted to impress his girlfriend by wrestling a mt. lion. The man is recovering from his injuries, but doctors say there is nothing they can do about the lack of intelligence he still exhibits.
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I know what I'm doing. I'm the Beastmaster! Don't cross me, cycle17, lest you want Kodo and Podo crawling up your pant leg...
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You named your pet caterpillars? How cute
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Oh, so you want some, too. Huh?
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BRING IT ON!!!! Oh please dont hurt me.
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BRING IT ON!!!! Oh please dont hurt me.
You brought this upon yourself...

SICK HIM, BOYS!!!



ATTAAAACK!

Hey, I said attack!


Damnit, Podo, stop playing with that piece of sting and RIP TG's face off!

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SICK HIM, BOYS!!!



ATTAAAACK!

Hey, I said attack!


Damnit, Podo, stop playing with that piece of sting and RIP TG's face off!

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You guys are just jealous. You know by bf, she meant Bike Forums.

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I think explody pup is just trying to hit on Shadiyah!!
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