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Man Fights Off Mountain Lion with Frying Pan
PH Online ^ | May 16, 2012

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 Arnold’s dog, Apollo, a 90-pound lab-pit bull mix.

Arnold’s friend, Donald Jones, grabbed the cougar by the neck thinking it was another camper’s 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.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: castiron; pan
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1 posted on 05/17/2012 4:11:51 PM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

What type of frying pan did the mountain lion have?

Hehehehe.


2 posted on 05/17/2012 4:13:18 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; phantomworker; joesnuffy; ..

If you’d like to be on or off this Outdoors/Rural/wildlife/hunting/hiking/backpacking/National Parks/animals list please FR mail me. And ping me is you see articles of interest.


3 posted on 05/17/2012 4:15:15 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: SJackson
I've always maintained that everything in a kitchen (includes outdoor camp kitchens) is heavy, sharp, hot, surly, or some combination of those.

Don't mess with the cook.

/johnny

4 posted on 05/17/2012 4:17:13 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Ping


5 posted on 05/17/2012 4:19:56 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SJackson

I live in a sparsely populated area of private properties full of mountain lions, but they don’t get near people here. It could be, that they tend to more likely go after vacationers in the more populated parks and the like. Familiarity, maybe...?


6 posted on 05/17/2012 4:20:08 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: SJackson

I’ll share some information that I learned in a class over 30 years ago.

When an animal with a large-enough mouth attacks, don’t pull your hand away. Try to jam your hand/fist down the animal’s throat. They let go real fast and run away.


7 posted on 05/17/2012 4:20:42 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (I wanna start a Seniors' Motor Scooter Gang. Wanna join?)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Cat had rabies. Good thing it got panned (and shot) before it could bite.


8 posted on 05/17/2012 4:21:53 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: SJackson
walloped the stunned cougar again,...popped it several more times for good measure... shot it a couple times — just to be sure.

They could have ran over it with their car just to really, really make sure.........LOL!

9 posted on 05/17/2012 4:22:23 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (My 6 pack abs are now a full keg......)
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To: F15Eagle

Just shows that being armed with most any weapon is better then not being armed.


10 posted on 05/17/2012 4:23:00 PM PDT by riverrunner
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

It would take some nerve to try that with, say, a grizzly bear.


11 posted on 05/17/2012 4:23:30 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: familyop

This one was rabid, different circumstance.


12 posted on 05/17/2012 4:25:44 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

The class was aimed at domestic animals. I should have referenced that. :-) Although a cougar is not a domestic animal, its bite is about the size of a large dog.


13 posted on 05/17/2012 4:26:51 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (I wanna start a Seniors' Motor Scooter Gang. Wanna join?)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Good advice, hard to remember. Don’t want to be in the circumstance to take advantage.


14 posted on 05/17/2012 4:27:43 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: SJackson

Ruh-roh....hopefully the guy didn’t violate the “48-hour frying-pan purchase law”....or the “one-frying-pan-a-month” law.....


15 posted on 05/17/2012 4:28:02 PM PDT by gimme1ibertee (If you want to kick a tiger in the ass, you better have a plan for dealing with his teeth.)
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It sounds like the guy toting the table didn’t get any licks in.


16 posted on 05/17/2012 4:30:50 PM PDT by Rio
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To: SJackson

Mountain lions are cooking now?

Looking forward to the new show “Cooking with Cougars”.


17 posted on 05/17/2012 4:32:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SJackson

Mountain lion = dangerous

Rabid Mountain Lion = KYA goodbye (unless you have a frying pan)


18 posted on 05/17/2012 4:32:43 PM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: riverrunner

Yeah, I would hate to use my T-Fal it would probably bend.

Though it’s great stuff if used for and cared for properly.

Cast iron was a good thing. Obviously the animal must not have seen any Road Runner or Bugs Bunny cartoons.

:)


19 posted on 05/17/2012 4:34:20 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Not obvious from the title, but this in fact, qualifies for the doggie ping list....

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

20 posted on 05/17/2012 4:34:26 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: SJackson

So, was it a mountain lion, a cougar or a puma or are all those the same thing?


21 posted on 05/17/2012 4:34:26 PM PDT by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

I wouldn’t do it other than in complete unarmed (first mistake) desparation. The advice usually includes grabbing the tongue to induce a gag reflex. Guess it’s better to lose an arm than your head, but I question the effectiveness. I’d go with a firearm or spray.


22 posted on 05/17/2012 4:36:31 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: SJackson
Frying pans...Who Knew!?

23 posted on 05/17/2012 4:37:18 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: familyop

You missed a word, “Rabies”, any animal with that is unpredictable and dangerous.


24 posted on 05/17/2012 4:37:42 PM PDT by Gertie
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To: cll

Same thing, puma concolor. Probably are some sub species.


25 posted on 05/17/2012 4:39:37 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: F15Eagle

Never bring fangs and claws to a frying pan fight?


26 posted on 05/17/2012 4:40:16 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: cll
So, was it a mountain lion, a cougar or a puma or are all those the same thing?

Yes. Also called a catamount or panther some places.

27 posted on 05/17/2012 4:42:30 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Please add me to your list. IMO it’s important to teach dogs of the outdoor variety not to chase, and to stop on command.


28 posted on 05/17/2012 4:42:33 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: Hugin

29 posted on 05/17/2012 4:44:23 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

ping


30 posted on 05/17/2012 4:44:40 PM PDT by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: SJackson; jazusamo; george76
Man. Dog. Mountain lion. Frying pan.

Just your typical outdoors ping.

31 posted on 05/17/2012 4:45:11 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: gimme1ibertee

Oh oh, looks like we’ll be registering frying pans next.


32 posted on 05/17/2012 4:52:40 PM PDT by OldCorps
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To: F15Eagle

T Fal?


33 posted on 05/17/2012 4:52:49 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: familyop

This one had rabies.


34 posted on 05/17/2012 4:57:19 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: Mad Dawgg
It's great as long as you only use wood or plastic utensils on it. Treat with cooking oil. Great for making all kinds of pan stuff - and it's relatively cheap.


35 posted on 05/17/2012 5:04:50 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: F15Eagle

Bugs Bunny to Pete Puma: “How many lumps do you want?”
Pete Puma to Bugs Bunny: “Oh, three or four...”


36 posted on 05/17/2012 5:08:50 PM PDT by mouske
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To: SJackson

What brand of frying pay would be recommended? Cast iron, stainless steel, copper, non-stick or stick?


37 posted on 05/17/2012 5:11:20 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: mouske

I remember that one!


38 posted on 05/17/2012 5:11:42 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Flycatcher; SJackson; george76

Lesson to be remembered: never tick off a guy that has a cast iron frying pan. LOL!

Thanks for the ping, Fly.


39 posted on 05/17/2012 5:14:44 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: Revolting cat!

If you’re buying new, I’d go with Lodge cast iron, don’t need preseasoned if you’re using it to smack animals. Auctions and house sales will get you better stuff cheaper though.


40 posted on 05/17/2012 5:16:35 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: Revolting cat!

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.


41 posted on 05/17/2012 5:17:24 PM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is nigh.)
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To: F15Eagle

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...”

funny stuff.


42 posted on 05/17/2012 5:18:00 PM PDT by mouske
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

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.


43 posted on 05/17/2012 5:22:46 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: kanawa

You deserve a special ping!


44 posted on 05/17/2012 5:35:21 PM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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How do mountain lions in the wild catch rabies? Honest question from a clueless NYC boy.


45 posted on 05/17/2012 5:40:57 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: F15Eagle

The Cat had just gotten the pan from Pampered Chef.


46 posted on 05/17/2012 5:42:57 PM PDT by elephantlips
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

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.


47 posted on 05/17/2012 5:46:24 PM PDT by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: Flycatcher; jazusamo

Was the frying pan registered ?

The left may now try to ban frying pans ?


48 posted on 05/17/2012 5:55:31 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Bobalu

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!


49 posted on 05/17/2012 5:57:24 PM PDT by TexasBarak (He who pays the least- wins!)
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To: Duchess47

I think jamming your hand down their throat works with Anacondas also to break their bite.


50 posted on 05/17/2012 6:00:00 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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