Friday, September 21, 2012

Cougar Alert

Here's a set of helpful tips on what to do if you meet a cougar, courtesy of the United States Furest Service (USFS).

Face the animal, stand upright. I can try to balance on my rear paws, but it's bad for my spine and I doubt it would impress the cougar.

I keep hearing that size doesn't matter, but I still think it may come in handy, especially with cougars. In fact, the USFS recommends that you do all you can to appear larger. I guess they didn't write this one with dachshunds in mind.

In any case, during a cougar attack, it is essential to keep your priorities straight. Pick up small children immediately. But pick up your fur-children first!

Most cougars will avoid a confrontation, but you may meet one cougar who doesn't like to follow mass trends. What can you do in that case? The USFS recommends that you fight back if it attacks you. I wonder whether getting hump hugged by a spayed dachshund would freak out a cougar.

Keep in mind that a cougar is basically a mean large cat who wants to play hide and seek with her own set of rules. Normally, you don't stand a chance, but if things do work out for you, please remember to pack it out!

Because at the end of the day, great outdoor manners are all that matters, as all cougars would agree.


  1. Great post Tootsie, thanks. So much valuable information. And you make many valid points about the size issue. I will now know what to do when I next encounter a cougar in the Scottish Highlands.
    Oh, Gail is saying we don't have cougars in the Scottish Highlands. But the advice on outdoor manners is still good.
    Toodle pip!

  2. We will keep an eye out for cougars. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Maybe being a would run from a dachshund....just maybe.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  4. Hmmm... any tip[s on ho w to meet a krokodyle?

  5. Hi Y'all!

    That comes in handy...and I'm big enough to stand up and growl! I'll remember this advise!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  6. I am writing this all down just incase. Maybe you could stand on your peeps shoulders to look bigger.. And give that scary Tootsie Grrrrrr.

  7. A WISE cougar would KNOW to stay far away from a dachshund... Mighty Hunters that WE are!!

  8. I iz not allowed to go hiking anymore, I gotz in trouble by rolling in a dead animal :(


  9. That does it. I'm staying in my house where there are NO cougars!

  10. I sure hope you don't see any cougars! I hope I don't see any either. I'm glad we don't have cougars where I hike.

    your pal,

  11. Hope you don't run into a cougar. Saw you on Molly's blog and wanted to drop by! Will visit again soon! Hailey and Zaphod


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