Thursday, October 24, 2002

Punch It In The Face: This comes via Sheri (who's moved - update your links). It seems a very large adult male cougar was recently killed by a car - not in the wilds of Wyoming, not on a lonesome back road in New Mexico, but in Kansas City. There's a comforting thought. Opinion seems to be biased towards it being wild; no indications it was raised in captivity. If so, it will be the first wild cougar in the area for 100 years. A victory for conservation, sure, but what about the rest of us? What should we do if we run into one of these things without a car to protect us? The answer: "Don't run, he said, because you can't outrun a cougar. Do yell and make threatening gestures, he said. Spread a jacket to appear bigger. If a cougar attacks, fight back with whatever means available, such as punching it in the face." So flip him off and start screaming "You want a piece of me! Huh? You want a piece of me! Well, here I am! Bring it!" If he attacks get all Bruce Lee with yourself on his nose. Yeah, that'll work.