Skip to comments.Man Fights Off Mountain Lion with Frying Pan
Posted on 05/17/2012 4:11:46 PM PDT by SJackson
Wildlife experts frequently remind campers, hunters and hikers what to do should they encounter a mountain lion. Hitting the big cat with a frying pan is probably at the bottom of the list.
Nevertheless, a Chino Valley, Ariz., man grabbed his cast-iron pan his closest weapon to fend off a cougar after it attacked his dog earlier this month.
According to The (Prescott, Ariz.) Daily Courier, Brandon Arnold, 24, was camping with his girlfriend, Tessa Gerdes, and seven other friends including three children early in the morning on May 4 in the Tonto National Forest when a mountain lion attacked Arnolds dog, Apollo, a 90-pound lab-pit bull mix.
Arnolds friend, Donald Jones, grabbed the cougar by the neck thinking it was another campers dog, then (wisely) let go once he realized what he had grabbed. The puma high-tailed it into the woods, with Apollo giving chase, so Arnold and Jones gave chase with whatever weapons they could grab; Arnold grabbed a cast-iron frying pan, and Jones grabbed a table.
Arnold reached the animals first, and once he got a clear swing, he took it, smacking the cat in the head.
The first time I had a clear shot I just swung the pan and hit him right on the head, Arnold told The Daily Courier. It was like a cartoon he just kind of stopped and I hit him again. He got stiff and fell over.
Arnold walloped the stunned cougar again, knocking it to the ground, then popped it several more times for good measure before another friend shot it a couple times just to be sure.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department reported Monday that the cougar tested positive for rabies. Luckily, none of the campers were scratched or bitten. Apollo suffered a few wounds, but thankfully had his rabies shots and should be released after a 45-day quarantine.
If it really did have rabies, then the doctor should have put all involved through rabies treatment. The hissing done by the cat sprays saliva droplets into the air and one can contract rabies like that.
Friend in Calif. was bitten by a rabid skunk and both the son and husband who help kill the skunk had to take treatments. It is no longer the painful thing it once was and they all survived.
later in the same cartoon...
Bugs to Pete: “Do you want sugar in you tea?”
Pete to Bugs: “No thanks; it gives me a headache...”
The problem with cats and bears is that unlike a dog, they have lots of weapons besides teeth.
Cats will likely disembowel you with their back feet if you get a hold of their tongue or frustrate their bite.
I like the frying pan option.
You deserve a special ping!
How do mountain lions in the wild catch rabies? Honest question from a clueless NYC boy.
The Cat had just gotten the pan from Pampered Chef.
This was drilled into me by my second husband, a dog trainer/handler in the military. Fortunately - it saved me serious injury when my police trained German Shephard suffered a fit of some kind and attacked me. It only lasted seconds but my hand shoved down his throat kept him from reaching my neck.
Was the frying pan registered ?
The left may now try to ban frying pans ?
Clicked on the thread just to see how long it took before this popped up :)
Many years ago, I had a ditzy landlady, who had a really stupid dog. A couple of years after I moved, I saw in the paper that she had been camping with her dog, and it was attacked by a bobcat (I think). She fought it off with a slipper!
I think jamming your hand down their throat works with Anacondas also to break their bite.
Now we’ll find out if those rabies shots really work! Poor puppy!
When frying pans are outlawed only mountain lions will have frying pans! Ummm...
A mountain lion can get rabies from another animal with rabies, either by being bitten or saliva : skunks, bats, foxes, raccoons, coyotes, wolves, etc.
I don’t care who you are, that right there’s funny.
Man’s dog is attacked by a RABID MOUNTAIN LION and he chases it into the bush with a skillet in his hand and kills the mad cat.
I lurve me some rednecks man, GIT ‘ER DONE!
If he was from Oklahoma, he’d be noodling 60 lb. catfish and frying 6’ rattlers he killed on his back porch.
It's a series of shots in the rump with an ENORMOUS needle.
Thanks to all. All this time I thought they were different animals. Where I’m from we only have domestic cats and no wild beasts to speak of.
That reminds me of a story. I once was golfing at Rodman US Navy Base in Panama before the handover. On the golf course they had signs in Spanish that read “Cuidado con los gatos y los lagartos” (Beware of cats and lizards). To me a cat was a domestic cat and a lizard one of those tiny things we have around our island. Anyway, I soon learned what they meant by cats when I, left alone at a green felt a stalking prescence, and my buddy, who had gone down the hill to get beers from the booze cart, started yelling like a madman in my direction and throwing beer bottles at the jungle. “Didn’t you see that?!”, he said. “See what?”, I replied. “A freaking “gato” was about to pounce on you!”. “Why should I be afraid of a freaking cat?”. “It was a freaking jaguar!”.
Don’t take teeth and claws to a fryin’ pan fight?
“When an animal with a large-enough mouth attacks, dont pull your hand away. Try to jam your hand/fist down the animals throat. They let go real fast and run away.”
This works. I have a Yorkie and when she plays with me she will bite my hand in play, but she doesn’t realize how sharp her teeth are. So, I doubled my fist and put part of it in her mouth, could’t get it all the way in there of course due to her small mouth, but she couldn’t figure out what happened - she couldn’t close her mouth. She was stuck with an open mouth until I took my hand away.
Now, if she sees my hand go into a fist, she knows she is out of luck and gives up. Normally, I have one of her toys for her to try to get from me so no problem with her reaching for a hand.
Fingers are a real draw for a pet or other animal whether it is play or the real thing.