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#3577836 - 02/06/14 02:45 PM Re: Would you shoot a big cat if you saw it? [Re: Rockhound]
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If I am on the ground, boom, dead cat. I don't have the reflexes and if the cat came running at me, I'd probably miss. If I was in a tree stand, I'd hope he would keep walking.

If you did let a big cat walk and when you got home you saw on the news about a person being attacked and killed by a big cat............

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#3577905 - 02/06/14 03:34 PM Re: Would you shoot a big cat if you saw it? [Re: woodsman87]
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 Originally Posted By: woodsman87
Imagine walking to and from your stand in the dark knowing that there are mountain lions around and one could pounce you any second.


You do realize hunters out West do this every day don't you? And attacks on hunters are virtually unheard of. Now big cats in suburbs or the edges of suburbs, where they are not hunted--those are a slightly different story. A few people have been attacked, usually joggers. Any time a large predator is not hunted, there is a risk of that animal losing its fear of Man, or even potentially looking at Man as a food source.
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#3577906 - 02/06/14 03:36 PM Re: Would you shoot a big cat if you saw it? [Re: Barnes Ridge Rambler]
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 Originally Posted By: climb_higher

Cats kill for fun. They don't always eat what they kill.


Housecats, yes. Wild cats, highly unlikely. Survival means looking for food every day. I can't imagine a wild big cat so full all the time that they can spare the energy to kill for fun.
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#3577910 - 02/06/14 03:37 PM Re: Would you shoot a big cat if you saw it? [Re: jb3]
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 Originally Posted By: jb3
If you did let a big cat walk and when you got home you saw on the news about a person being attacked and killed by a big cat............


First, how would you know it was the same cat? let the cat you saw walk may have played no role at all.
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#3577911 - 02/06/14 03:37 PM Re: Would you shoot a big cat if you saw it? [Re: BSK]
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If you're hunting in TN there is always a 'chance' of you being eatin' on the way to your stand - always.

There are no high fences at our boarders - and there's black bears out by DA's place - and the Florida Panthers don't know the difference between northern Florida and Southern TN

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#3577919 - 02/06/14 03:44 PM Re: Would you shoot a big cat if you saw it? [Re: BSK]
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I can't believe people on this site are so afraid of an animal that, to date, doesn't even live in this state. People who live out west in lion country don't really give the big cats much thought. Cat attacks on humans are so rare, even in areas with lots of big cats, that I wouldn't worry even if big cats did start to make their appearance here.

My brother lives at 10,000 feet in the Rockies, and they see mountain lions fairly regularly. However, the cats are scared to death of humans. My nephew even ran down a mountain lion, in the dark and unarmed, after the lion went after one of their housecats. The lion wanted nothing to do with a person. They are in much greater danger of the elk wandering through the yard than the lions.
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#3577920 - 02/06/14 03:45 PM Re: Would you shoot a big cat if you saw it? [Re: BSK]
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You pot-stirrer ferg! \:D
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#3577932 - 02/06/14 03:54 PM Re: Would you shoot a big cat if you saw it? [Re: BSK]
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Don't know for sure, but I would say being afraid of a bear(black) would make more sense. People have definitely been killed by them, but I don't know the numbers. Maybe Brian does.
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#3577938 - 02/06/14 03:58 PM Re: Would you shoot a big cat if you saw it? [Re: Crow Terminator]
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 Originally Posted By: Crow Terminator
I probably would just so people would believe me. I've been on the opposite side of that debate for a while now, and if I came back claiming to have seen one without any proof, after all the stuff I've said about them not being here...well I better have proof of some kind or people would throw me on the chopping block and have a time. \:\)

I don't buy the whole "don't kill it unless you eat it" thing. I've killed a bunch of mice over the yrs in traps I've set in the house but I'll be doggone if I'm going to eat one of those things and I bet nobody here would eat one either. I ain't planning on living with 'em and I sure ain't eating one after I kill it. Same goes for skunks, possums, cats that get in my garbage or on my truck, etc.

i agree with everythin in this reply
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#3577940 - 02/06/14 03:59 PM Re: Would you shoot a big cat if you saw it? [Re: KENBOB10]
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 Originally Posted By: KENBOB10
Don't know for sure, but I would say being afraid of a bear(black) would make more sense. People have definitely been killed by them, but I don't know the numbers. Maybe Brian does.


There are reported cases of black bear and mountain lion attacks on humans. But considering how many people come in contact with black bears and mountain lions (out west), I wouldn't be too worried about either. Now if we had grizzly bears or rutting bull elk or moose, THOSE I would be very wary of.

Now that doesn't mean staying away from black bears and mountain lions isn't a good idea. I would definitely try to steer clear of both, just for peace of mind.
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