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Exactly how Not to Obtain Consumed by a Hill Lion

11.24.2008|8:21 am

A Note From Fatty: Today's visitor blog post is by Alex, the VP of Sales at the firm where I function. He's additionally a quick bicyclist — — the kind that wins races as well as things — — as well as has the type of funny bone that allows him consist of slides such as this in the center of his discussions to the whole business.

What really did not click for me — — till simply lately — is that he might well have actually been divided at birth from Costs Nye the Scientific Research Person (exact same elevation, exact same construct, very same pleasant excitement, very same rapidfire distribution). Alex's Blog site — — Seeing the Globe Get Up — — is most definitely a bicyclist's blog site, yet it contains all sort of fascinating scientific research. He's made authentic agricultural explorations while riding. He understands all the plants and also pets in the location, as well as fascinating things concerning them. As well as also if you do not care concerning those points, you'll still like his blog site: Alex (like his separated double Expense Nye) maintains it light enjoyable. I simply included his blog site to my blogroll. You must go examine it out.

I'm not a large pessimist, however like many everyone, there are numerous points that I truly wish do not take place to me. A few of these points are shedding my task, or my youngsters obtaining tossed out of institution, or my spouse running away with my neighbor. (Not that I would truly condemn her; he truly is much as well as good-looking better than me.)

Yet right on top of my checklist is this: I actually do not intend to obtain eliminated and also consumed by a wild pet. And also the factor I think of this is once in a while I either see a hill lion, or current proof of a hill lion, while cycling.

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Tuesday early morning for instance, concerning 1/2 means up Dry Creek, I saw this- selected over carcass, little left of this deer with the exception of back and also chest, which is traditional cougar-kill. I consider hill lions due to the fact that they're most energetic at dawn as well as sundown, as well as right now of year greater than 1/2 of my cycling goes to dawn, prior to job. When I head out, 3 or 4 times a week at dawn, I'm constantly the very first man on the path. Occasionally I see one more bicycle rider or a trail-runner heading house, however I never ever see anyone en route out, and also often I do not see any person else for the entire flight.

Over the previous two decades, there have actually been an increasing number of human-cougar experiences throughout the West, and also numerous of these have actually been deadly (at first for the human, typically later on for the pet cat too.) In 2004 a hill cyclist was evidently eliminated as well as partly consumed in The golden state. Therefore right here's the uneasy truth I'm encountering: as fairly potentially one of the most constant, constant dawn-mountain-biker on the Wasatch Front, if a hill bicycle rider's mosting likely to be eliminated as well as consumed in Utah, it's possibly mosting likely to be me.

So right here's what I'm doing regarding it.

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Although cougar assaults on individuals are still (fortunately) quite uncommon, there's a location worldwide where huge felines eliminate and also consume individuals virtually every various other week. In the Sundarban Islands in India, regarding 2 loads individuals obtain eliminated and also consumed by tigers each year. Over the previous couple of years the regional citizens have actually attempted great deals of techniques to deter tigers from striking them, however most likely one of the most reliable has actually been this: they use masks on the backs of their heads. Tigers, like the majority of felines, constantly choose to strike their victim from behind. When out and also around in the forest obtain struck way much less commonly than those that do not, citizens that put on the masks.

Currently I'm no feline-ologist, however a pet cat's a feline, and also given that I do not have any type of much better concepts it struck me to attempt a comparable technique below in Utah with hill lions. There is nevertheless, a limitation to the degree of both pain as well as poor style I agree to withstand for safety and security, so using a Cock Nixon mask on the back of my go to instance, is best out. Yet I do have some extra real-estate on the back of my safety helmet, as well as below's what I have actually made with it:

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Until now I can report 100% performance with this avoidance approach; I have ridden as soon as with the eyes on the back of my headgear, as well as been assaulted absolutely no times. Currently given that Fatty's blog site is everything about solution and also sharing, I figure the least I can do is to give his dedicated visitors with comparable security. So simply publish out the eyes listed below, reduced them out as well as protect to the back of your headgear with clear tape.

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Certainly, not every one of you are brown-eyed, therefore I have actually consisted of a blue set for your comfort, must you like.

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As well as likewise an environment-friendly set.

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And also last but not least, for you stoners available, a bloodshot set.

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Currently, It might have struck the sharp viewers that a large, clever pet cat — — like a tiger of hill lion — — may ultimately obtain aware of the mask method. As well as regretfully, this without a doubt seems the situation; over a duration of numerous years, the effectiveness of the masks in the Sundarbans lessened. Yet considering that the price of huge cat-attacks in the Western United States has to do with 1% of that in India, I figure this shtick must last me till I'm also ancient to stand up as well as ride at dawn any longer.