Dancesatmoonrise wrote:Tory Wells wrote:Most cats are much smaller than an adult human.
Not really true, or perhaps more accurately, not really pertinent. Some large males can be in excess of 200 lbs. But even the 100-pounders: Think of your housecat, how it can jump to nearly anything in your house, and think of this thing at 10 times the size and weight, full of claws and teeth. It's an incredible predatory machine; a literal land-shark. (However, it is also intelligent, has feelings, and is more social than most humans believe.)Tory Wells wrote:My hunter friend also said they are quick to back down from a fight.
This probably is true. The cat is not looking for a fight. It's looking for a clean kill. Even the big cats are "fraidy cats" in the appropriate situation. So I agree, if attacked, fight back.
You're right, their weight is not really relevant due to their strength and predatory skills. Any animal that can kill a full-grown elk or deer, with it's mouth, is a FORMIDABLE creature and one I don't want to tangle with. Still, I'll take my chances fighting back against a mountain lion; not so much against a grizzly bear or a large black bear. Will it still kill me? Ya, probably if it really wants to. But fight I will.
I do take some comfort in the fact that mountain lions in Colorado are pretty darn well fed and humans just don't taste good at all.