The latest Cougar encounter video

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  1. C99c

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    I'm guessing that most have seen it by now.
    Guy is out for a run, sees some cubs and gets followed for a while by an adult.

    https://www.instagram.com/tv/CGNM6qUnWqG/?igshid=jex2d0hz3ymm



    While the video is interesting and the situation worked out best for both guy and lions, I question the wisdom of filming it instead of keeping that hand free in case the cat did attack. Or immediately picking up a rock or stick.

    I know that it's 2020 and everything has to be filmed 24/7 by everyone, but it seems like a poor choice.

    Am I wrong?

    Thoughts on the lion's actions?
    Thoughts on the guy's actions?
     
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    Im super surprised the lion stayed with him for that long. Im no expert on lion behavior though.
     
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    Dang, I was just about to post this.

    This is, sadly, another impact of Covid on wildlife. The cougar's natural habitat and hunting grounds, namely college bars, have been shut down because of the pandemic. This has left the noble cougars out of their natural environment. Confused, they have resorted to pursuing runners or hikers, including some over 30 years old, instead of their natural means of satiating themselves with inebriated younger men.
     
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    warning.jpg The National Park Service says they've begun posting warning signs, such as this:
     
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    To preface (a little late) my original post and anything else I write in the thread: I don't live in cougar territory and am just generally curious about how not to get killed by one when I do visit their areas.

    Would anyone else be worried about backing up so long knowing that if there was one lion there might be another?
     
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    Id be worried about tripping walking back ward for so long. I aint a spry runner like he was.
     
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    Same here. Even if I was still a spry runner, I ain't outrunning a cougar. Well, maybe I could get away when she stops to take a drag on her cigarette (sorry, I can't let the cougar jokes go today.:D)

    I don't remember where/when I was told this, but somewhere I was taught to squat, not lean over during an animal encounter (like if you have kids who need to be carried or picking up a rock). Something about leaning over makes you look more like a game animal, and it's easier to dodge an attack if squatting.
     
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    The sheer distance she went to get him to go away is amazing to me.
     
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    My thoughts as well. I'm not an expert on big cats, but it almost seemed like she was more curious about the jogger, and trying to warn him off, than being truly aggressive.
     
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    I can understand making sure the guy was far away from the cubs, but I also kind of think she was evaluating him as a meal.

    She finally decided it wasn't worth the risk when he tossed the rock.
    If he had tripped or turned and ran I think he would have been lion food.
     
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    ..... my first thought as well.

    All the charges seem for show to get him away.
     
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    Apparently the guy works at Bladehq. I wonder if they'll do a video for best knives to carry while backing away and filming something that can kill you?

    The video does make me want to carry a bigger knife when I run. Even though we don't have mountain lions here (we have cougars @jeeter, but I'm too old for most of the them to chase. It's why I make sure all the groups I run with have some younger folks...) there are more tigers and lions kept as pets in my area than most realize.
     
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    I know I guy who works with the dude who filmed this. Crazy.

    All I can say is I’m glad my encounter didn’t last half that long. (I would’ve been pissed).

    Guy won’t have to buy a beer ever again. lol
     
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    I opened this thread just to see which of those videos it was about.
     
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    That’s my friends friend who made that version.
     

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