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6-year-old girl attacked by mountain lion, saved by adult who punched cat in ribs during mauling

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"punched cat in the ribs": good to know. Glad the child is safe and recovering.

FWIW, encountering a mountain lion was my chief worry one night last week. I was called to an assignment, solo, to find and assist a horse, reported by a passerby to be downed and refusing to get up. It was already dark, cold (falling below freezing) and the horse was out on 30 acres of hilly pasture. My challenge: to find a small, brown horse, in the dark; evaluate, treat as needed/if possible, while waiting for the owner to reach the scene.

I'm hiking through that 30 acre pasture, again after dark, carrying as much gear as I could to assist the horse ... and thinking about lion. As I thought about that, it dawned on me that a rifle would have been nice ... but difficult to carry along with the other gear I was juggling. Instead, I carried my rope in such a way as to swing and clunk any would-be attacker with the heavy brass clasp located on one end of that rope. I figured that was easier, faster and farther reaching than trying to pull my knife out while wearing work gloves.
 
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Hi Rhonda,

With that description, you should have a head-lamp and a shoulder-strap for your rifle. Then you'd have light and protection if you need it. Hope you found the horse in distress and obviously no punches in the ribs were needed.


Best regards,

Richard
 

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"punched cat in the ribs": good to know. Glad the child is safe and recovering.

FWIW, encountering a mountain lion was my chief worry one night last week. I was called to an assignment, solo, to find and assist a horse, reported by a passerby to be downed and refusing to get up. It was already dark, cold (falling below freezing) and the horse was out on 30 acres of hilly pasture. My challenge: to find a small, brown horse, in the dark; evaluate, treat as needed/if possible, while waiting for the owner to reach the scene.

I'm hiking through that 30 acre pasture, again after dark, carrying as much gear as I could to assist the horse ... and thinking about lion. As I thought about that, it dawned on me that a rifle would have been nice ... but difficult to carry along with the other gear I was juggling. Instead, I carried my rope in such a way as to swing and clunk any would-be attacker with the heavy brass clasp located on one end of that rope. I figured that was easier, faster and farther reaching than trying to pull my knife out while wearing work gloves.
My daughter used to work at a camp and was always on edge about the mountain lions, as she had to go back and forth through the camp at night to deal with any problems. I wasn't sad when she changed jobs. She said that she never saw a cat, just remains of kills (deer carcasses). We had an attack a little over a year ago in the preserve near my house. https://www.kpbs.org/news/2019/may/28/mountain-lion-suspected-attacking-boy-los-penasqui/ Similar circumstances - child in a large group. Man, this is scary. We did not use to have many wildlife interactions, but when a large area near us was developed I suspect that a lot of the wildlife moved into the canyon preserve because it's the only undeveloped area nearby. We have lived in our home for over 30 years, and all of the interactions did not start until about the last 10 years, which coincides almost perfectly with the new development.
 

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"punched cat in the ribs": good to know. Glad the child is safe and recovering.

FWIW, encountering a mountain lion was my chief worry one night last week. I was called to an assignment, solo, to find and assist a horse, reported by a passerby to be downed and refusing to get up. It was already dark, cold (falling below freezing) and the horse was out on 30 acres of hilly pasture. My challenge: to find a small, brown horse, in the dark; evaluate, treat as needed/if possible, while waiting for the owner to reach the scene.

I'm hiking through that 30 acre pasture, again after dark, carrying as much gear as I could to assist the horse ... and thinking about lion. As I thought about that, it dawned on me that a rifle would have been nice ... but difficult to carry along with the other gear I was juggling. Instead, I carried my rope in such a way as to swing and clunk any would-be attacker with the heavy brass clasp located on one end of that rope. I figured that was easier, faster and farther reaching than trying to pull my knife out while wearing work gloves.

Were you able to save the horse?
 

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The mountain lion attack was not far from our house in Rancho San Antonio Park. When our kids were young we used to go hiking there all the time. We stopped going there just because of too many people. With the mountain lion there I can now see how one made it into our yard years ago by just staying along some railroad tracks or following the creek. Actually it was probably following the 2 bobcat we saw a week before out by our pool (all this was at our other house down the hill before we moved up the hill about a quarter mile but still on the same street)
When I saw the mountain lion go behind our shed and not go over the fence or come out was when I called the police. I also let our neighbors know both when we had the bobcats and again with the mountain lion. I wish we would have had the Nextdoor app back then.
Basically for most of you not knowing about the county park or where it is it is in the foothills and runs into the Santa Cruz mountains and is at the border of Cupertino and Los Altos, C
 

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Sorry to leave you all hanging: The horses are fine!

There are 12 in that pasture, two of which meet the horseman's view of "small, brown horse" but others could, depending on lighting and skill of the passerby, be described as such if laying down or particularly dirty. Gladly, I found no horse down near the fence lines that are easily reached by a 'passerby.' As I started calling, the herd sent delegates to check me out and then the entire herd came galloping down from the hills to see if I were offering feed. Sorry, darlings, no feed. I was successful getting a rope around each of the "small brown" critters and bringing them to a catch pen for evaluation. (Richard: I had to turn off the headlamp so that the horses would accept me as human rather than crazy alien.)

Frankly, I need better skills with the rifle. My husband has attempted to teach me several times and will, again, when I ask. I won't carry it until I'm as comfortable with the rifle as I am with my ropes and knives. FWIW, this situation was the 3rd time I've heard a voice inside my head demanding that I learn the skill! I must be ready to learn.
 

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We did not use to have many wildlife interactions, but when a large area near us was developed I suspect that a lot of the wildlife moved into the canyon preserve because it's the only undeveloped area nearby. We have lived in our home for over 30 years, and all of the interactions did not start until about the last 10 years, which coincides almost perfectly with the new development.
Please forgive a tiny political plea: Those in San Diego County, please consider voting Yes on Measure A. Thank you.
 

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No mountains lions in Tidewater Virginia, I payed. But I have seen coyotes or wolves at night. All are very dangerous.
I never thought a mountain lion would attack a group of humans in daylight hours.
 
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