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Hiker scares off cougar with Metallica

PostPosted: August 3rd, 2019, 4:23 am
by toucana
A female hiker who was alone on a forest trail on Vanacouver Island used a track by Metallica to scare off a hungry cougar.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/02/us/hiker-metallica-cougar-trnd/index.html

Dee Gallant, 45, was on a hike in South Duncan with her dog, Murphy, on July 23.

She said she was only a few miles into the woods when she turned around and realized that they had company: They were being stalked by a cougar.

She yelled, and the cougar stopped moving. But it didn't retreat.

Gallant tried waving her arms and yelling at the cat, saying things like "bad kitty!" and "get out of here!" but the cougar stood its ground.

That is, until Gallant opened her phone and chose the loudest band she could think of: Metallica.

The song: "Don't Tread On Me."

The cougar scurried off after the first few notes, the combination of heavy drums and James Hetfield's vocals apparently too much to handle.

Gallant kept the song on loop for the rest of her hike, making sure to stay in the middle of the road and keeping Murphy close.

Re: Hiker scares off cougar with Metallica

PostPosted: October 19th, 2019, 1:21 pm
by TheVat
"bad kitty!"


Made me laugh.

Having lived a goodly part of my life in cougar and bear country, I've heard various methods, but the one I know to be reliable is to carry an umbrella. If you hold it in front of you and pop it open suddenly, it will send a hungry predator fleeing. It follows the basic predator-scaring principle of "something that suddenly gets larger seems dangerous and not worth messing with."

Re: Hiker scares off cougar with Metallica

PostPosted: October 19th, 2019, 2:04 pm
by bangstrom
A hiker once defended himself from a grisly bear with a 22 pistol. His companion with a bad knee didn't fare so well.

Re: Hiker scares off cougar with Metallica

PostPosted: October 19th, 2019, 3:31 pm
by TheVat
Haha!

I gather the use of a .22 represents a poor Big Bang theory.