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Cougar Attacks: Encounters of the Worst Kind [Hardcover]

Kathy Etling


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Were some expert to figure out conclusively what triggers a cougar attack upon people and be able to apply that to each instance of attack on record, it would be an incredible breakthrough in the field of animal behavior. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jaws on Paws 20 Aug 2001
By Edward G. Leahy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Don't be confused when you see those lazy cougars in zoos, well fed swatting at flies with their tails. Kathy Etling paints a different picture of a skillful hunting and killing machine which kills with the same remorse we use when we down a Big Mac.These are not housepets you call 'kitty, kitty ' at when you see them. Chances are if you do see one its because you may be the main course tonight. This book is the ultimate authority on how surviviors escaped these predators in the past right up to today. It gives insight on the instincts of these large carnivores and is invaluable for anyone considering hiking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, or backpacking in remote areas. Not just in the mountains, cougars have been seen recently even in my home state of Missouri. Kathy Etling has done an excellent job compiling accounts and dispensing information on how you can most likely avoid one of these encounters of the worst kind. Even though she admits even if a person does all the right things still an attack may occur, it gives the outdoorman the knowledge what should be and more important, what definitely should not be done. Knowledge is power and as our two species encrouch more and more on each other attacks will occur more frequently. Like the deer, cougar populations are growing and man is destroying more and more of their habitat, forcing them to live closer to people. As they lose their natural fear of humans we all need to know how best to handle future encounter with these Jaws on Paws.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary, fascinating, and packed with good advice 17 Aug 2001
By Julia C. Hanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It's hard to put this book down -- the author has done a terrific job of compiling an amazing array of details on cougar attacks, and each incident is more compelling to read about than the last. With development encroaching on wilderness areas at an increasingly rapid rate, this book is a must-read for more than the "outdoorsy" sorts who hike and camp in cougar country. Indeed, as many of the accounts demonstrate, a good number of attacks occur in semi-suburban areas that most would consider completely safe. I learned a gret deal about cougar behavior (Etling interviews expert biologists in the field) and have developed a new respect for and interest in these fascinating, beautiful animals. On the practical side, you'll also learn what to do if you find yourself being stalked -- useful information that makes this book more than worth the purchase price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally The Truth 8 Aug 2001
By Jerry C. Shively - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Kathy Etling has finally given the public a true picture of what can & does happen when mt. lions & people occupy the same space. Unfortunately there has been a lot of misinformation published on this subject. Lions are opportunistic killing machines. Put yourself in the right place at the wrong time & you may find yourself on the dinner menu. I am a hunting Outfitter here in Montana, I have spent almost 30 years tracking & being tracked by mt. lions. An adult lion is quite capable of killing an adult moose, I have seen where this has happened. Lions do not just feed on the weak & the disabled, as some would have you believe. A lion will kill at least 1 deer sized animal per week besides the smaller animals that it can catch. They do not always return to a kill to finish eating it & sometimes just kill for the pleasure of it. I have personally tracked lions that have made multiple kills in one night, the most being 7 adult whitetails. 4 of these were antlered bucks.
This book should be required reading for all Fish & Game personell who are involved in the setting of seasons for hunting mt lions. Our mt lion population is continueing to rise, more encounters are going to happen & more people will find themselves examining the digestive system of these cats from the inside. Kathy has done an excellent job with her research in compiling the most complete collection of lion attacks that I have ever seen. She links these reports together with her honest writing ability. No frills & no warm & fuzzy feelings, just truthfull advise on how to keep yourself alive & in one piece if & when you find yourself on a lower link of the food chain than you are accostomed to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have seen on this subject. 5 Sep 2001
By Neil Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I live on Vancouver Island, the cougar capital of North America and this book was a real eye-opener for me. It is well-written and thoroughly researched and should be read by anyone who spends time in areas frequented by these magnificent cats. It not only gives a complete history of North American cougar attacks but gives solid useful advice if this ever happens to you. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for outdoor men and women 19 July 2001
By Dennis L. Clay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Kathy Etling puts the increasing cougar concerns in a readable prospective that is a must read for every outdoorsman and woman. Etling covers various cougar attacks on humans, both fatal and non-fatal attacks, from as far back as the 1700s. But she covers them two ways: First comes the account of the attack, as it happened, which also serves as a lesson for modern-day outdoorsmen to study. Second, Kathy uses the appendix to list the attacks again as a quick reference. As interesting as these accounts are, the meat of the book comes from the chapters about the biology of a cougar and the anatomy of an attack. Here Kathy helps readers understand why cougars do what they do. Readers can carry that information forward to deal with mountain lion encounters. And Kathy goes into detail about what to do should that possibility occur. Anyone interested in the animals that inhabit our nation will find this an interesting book. If you and your family enjoy camping, fishing, mountain biking, hiking or hunting, this book is a necessity.
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