At dusk at 10,500 feet in elevation, and with my com-padre snoring at a decibel level to completely prevent me from sleeping..I was gazing up thru the vent in my tent, looking at the big dipper when all of a sudden I heard a vigorous rustling off in the woods 100 yards or so away!
As my brain said to itself, "OMG..it's getting closer!"
..and at that exact instant..a beast flew over my tent ..and there was a scream next to me!
The next morning my associate and I determined that a Mountain Lion had chased a small deer thru our campsite, and that the deer took to the air, over my tent and our campfire ..and that in choosing the ground route around my tent and the fire ..the Mountain Lion has lost the chase and screamed out of frustration! The tracks in our immediate surroundings had shown this. In addition, and not 5 yards away, there was a mostly consumed wild turkey carcass ..fresh ..lying there!
Anyone can certainly imagine that the lion sat there, forced to be satisfied with that turkey..cussing at us, who had prevented it from capturing that deer! That night, I had kept the fire going..in such an eventuality not sleeping ..and especially not dreaming that that Lion sat only yards away watching my arm extent out to toss another log on the fire!
The morel of this true story that this non military combat veteran would now guesstimate my chances at deterring that lion, 100 yards away at 0%!!!..YES 0%%%!
My mistake, combat vets tell me, was allowing my brain to say .."OMG..it's getting closer!"
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Painting By Featured Artist MJAckley "Sunset Behind Fall Tree II"