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Cougar Attacks: Encounters of the Worst Kind Hardcover – 1 Jun 2001
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"Kathy Etling has done an amazing job, presenting lots of exciting and scary real-life stories while keeping a rational perspective of the rarity of these events and the positive values of cougars to humans....It is a rare person who can present the entire array of incidents showing the cougar as a relentless killing machine, and at the same time argue persuasively for keeping it as part of our lives and experiences. Kathy Etling has done this well."--E. Lee Fitzhugh, Wildlife Enhancement Specialist Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation BiologyUniversity of California--Davis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Kathy Etling has hunted from her native Missouri to the high country and deserts of the West. She has worked as an industrial engineer, but since 1982 has been a regular contributor to the outdoors press, including Outdoor Life, American Hunter, Missouri Conservationist, and Deer and Deer Hunting. She has authored numerous books, including Hunting Superbucks and Bear Attacks. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book is a huge repository of some harrowing moments when man or woman meets big cat. Not for the sqeamish, this will make you never want to go out in the wilderness again. And when you do, you have to make sure you go with a slower hiking buddy...someone you can outrun when the fangs come. A fine repository of actual attacks and background on the animal most commonly called The Mountain Lion.
This book also gives practical advice on how to read cougar body language, and the effectiveness of a walking stick to ward off these huge predators. One message is hammered home repeatedly...never hike alone. Never hike alone. Never hike alone. And after reading this, I don't think I will even go out in the yard alone.
This book should be required reading for anyone living in or near cougar habitat, especially for those who run, hike or bike wilderness trails. It could insure that a chance encounter or sighting of this predator be an exciting memory, not another grisly news story.
And it is an excellent read...ample facts, professional observations and insights, compassion and common sense about the animals as well as the humans involved.