[pct-l] Night hiking and rodents in food, p.s.
allemande6 at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 3 01:12:57 CDT 2009
One other thing. I don't get the point of carrying a "weapon." A mountain lion will have you knocked down before you have a chance to use it. And other than a few very specific areas like Vancouver Island (not any PCT places), it's rare almost to the point of never that a mountain lion ambushes a backpacker. We look too big and slow to be good prey. Little kids running, yes. Trail runners with no packs, yes. Cyclists, yes. But backpackers...well, someone will link us to an article i suppose where it's happened, but i never have heard of it. I've heard of plenty of stalkings, but the mountain lion usually decides we're not tasty enough. That, and if a lion does ambush from above and behind (most common way), the pack is a good first line of defense.
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