Mountain lions (cougars)¬†typically eat things smaller than they are or the presumed weak. I’ve not only seen plenty of nature programmes and ‘when animals attack’ shows, but have actually worked with big cats for 10 years. I know how they behave, but even if you’ve only watched a couple of TV shows and have any sort of basic, common sense you don’t put the small one of the hiking group last in a single-file line in the wilderness.
BOULDER, Colorado (AP) — A 7-year-old boy hiking with his family was attacked Saturday by a mountain lion, officials said. The cat was later killed by a wildlife officer.
The mountain lion bit the boy’s head or jaw, and the child also suffered puncture wounds or scrapes on his legs, likely from the animal’s claws, Division of Wildlife spokesman Tyler Baskfield said.
The boy, whose name was not released, was apparently the last in a single-file line of seven other people taking a short hike at a scenic area of Flagstaff Mountain, Baskfield said.
“The father turned and saw the cat had a hold of the young boy,” he said. The group began screaming at the cat and throwing rocks and was able to free the boy, he said.
The group was 50 yards from a parking lot when the cat attacked, Baskfield said.
So, once again, stupid people hike without caution or common sense and the animal doing what it does naturally to survive – with instincts as ingrained as the homo sapien desire for beer and pizza – gets shot and killed. People, people, people. Don’t put children last in line for anything, especially in the woods. I don’t care how many pretty birds are singing or flowers are a bloomin’. Little Timmy will not grow up blaming a cougar for his wounds; he’ll blame the cerebrally deficient adults around him for dangling him in front danger. You may as well hang a lei of raw chicken around his neck while you’re at it.
Nature is not our friend, folks. It just shows mercy most of the time. Try to not be so naive.
For fun and therapeutic silliness (yes, I’m irritated that another cougar had to die for human stupidity), I thought I’d draw how I envisage the encounter to have gone. Click each photo for a larger view.
Safety first. (Or else a giant 2-dimensional stick figure will eat your head.)