I shined my headlamp in the direction of the rustling sound. What I saw made the hair rise up on the back of my neck. I yelled at the eyes but they only blinked and did not shift. This was now a chess game and it was my move…. Hiking at night, my encounters with scorpions were frequent and uneventful. The tent was zipped up tight to keep out those critters.
Hikers Fight Off Mountain Lion
Brave Mountain Lion Fends Off Group Of Hikers
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Mule Kicks a Mountain Lion's Ass
Hiker interactions with mountain lions are rare. I look, I listen. It was in the mids in the blue-oak hills outside Anderson, California. In the mids I had another sighting.
Wildlife officials are crediting the courageous cougar's quick thinking, catlike reflexes, and pounds of coiled muscle with successfully fending off the human foot travelers. The mountain lion was reportedly enjoying a quiet afternoon walk around Redwood National Park, on the same path it had taken almost every single day for the past three years, when it heard a rustling sound emanating from the underbrush. Upon investigation, the large feline noticed that a pack of hikers—one adult male, two young children, and an adult female that it instantly recognized as the mother—had crossed into territory that the cat had clearly marked as its own via tree scrapings and urine. Outnumbered four to one, the cougar, fearing for its life, somehow managed to stay calm.