Cougars and Oilfield Workers.pptx by TPenney


									Cougars and Oilfield Workers

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•  The cougar, also called mountain lion or panther, is Canada's largest
   cat. Cougars have long tails which may be one-third of their total
   body length.
• An adult male cougar weighs between 63 and 90 kg (140-200 lbs),
   and a female cougar, between 40 and 50 kg (90-120 lbs). The
   cougar's primary prey is deer. It will also feed on wild sheep, elk,
   rabbits, beaver, raccoons, grouse, and occasionally livestock.
• Cougars are most active at dusk and dawn. However, they will
   roam and hunt at any time of the day or night and in all seasons.
• During late spring and summer, one to two-year old cougars
   become independent of their mothers. While attempting to find a
   home range, these young cougars may roam widely in search of
   unoccupied territory. This is when cougars are most likely to
   conflict with humans.
• Cougars have four toes with three distinct lobes present at the base
   of the pad. Claws are retractable, so they usually do not leave
• Generally, cougars are solitary. If tracks show two or more cougars
   traveling together, it probably indicates a female with kittens.

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      Like Bears they loose
         the fear of Man

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      KIDS--- NEVER!


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     You know this had to hurt
•   "Then the cougar bit into
    my skull - the pressure
    was enormous - it was
    crushing, scooping out a
    piece of my head." But the
    worker fought back,
    pushing the cat off his back,
    kicking it and eventually
    stabbing it in the jugular.
    "I couldn't really see - my
    left eye was full of blood
    and dirt from the cougar
    bite and wrestling around
    on the ground, and my
    right eye was bobbling
    uselessly on my face."

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Meat is the number one treat
When in Cougar Country:
• Most conflict with cougars occurs in rural
  communities, where people live in isolated
  locations or bush camps. People also
  encounter cougars while spending leisure
  time in cougar country.
• Cougars are predators - the top of the food
  chain - and their actions are often
  unpredictable. We have little understanding
  about what might trigger an attack, but
  following these general guidelines will
  reduce the risk of cougar conflict and
  prepare you in the unlikely event of an
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       If you meet a cougar:
    ( no this is not a bar joke )
• Never approach a cougar. Although cougars will normally avoid
  a confrontation, all cougars are unpredictable. Cougars
  feeding on a kill may be dangerous.
• Always give a cougar an avenue of escape.
• Stay calm. Talk to the cougar in a confident voice.
• Do not run. Try to back away from the cougar slowly. Sudden
  movement or flight may trigger an instinctive attack.
• Do not turn your back on the cougar. Face the cougar and remain
• Do all you can to enlarge your image. Don't crouch down or try
  to hide. Pick up sticks or branches and wave them about.

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          If a cougar behaves
• Arm yourself with a large stick, throw rocks, speak
  loudly and firmly. Convince the cougar that you are a
  threat not prey.
• If a cougar attacks, fight back! Many people have
  survived cougar attacks by fighting back with anything,
  including rocks, sticks, bare fists, and fishing poles.
• Cougars are a vital part of our diverse wildlife. Seeing
  a cougar should be an exciting and rewarding
  experience, with both you and the cougar coming
  away unharmed. However, if you do experience a
  confrontation with a cougar or feel threatened by one,
  immediately inform the nearest office of the Wildlife
  Officer service.

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   Yell Shout but don’t Scream it
      out they can sense fear
If the cougar is within 50 yards and is intensely staring and making
an effort to hide or conceal itself:
• Make yourself look bigger. Raise your hands overhead. If you’ve got
    a jacket or a pack hold it up so you look even bigger and bulkier.
• Attempt to move to safety. Don’t run, but if there’s a safer location
    (a building or open motor vehicle) nearby, move toward it slowly
    while facing and watching the cougar. Try to get on higher ground
    than the cougar.
If the cougar is staring intensely and trying to hide, combined with
crouching and/or creeping toward you:
• Do all of the above.
• Throw things at the cougar if it’s close enough.
• Smile. Show the cougar your teeth. To the cougar, you’re displaying
• Yell, shout, and make intimidating noises. Your goal is to convince
    the cougar that you are not prey, and may in fact be dangerous.

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 This Little Girl is Not Taking No
           for an answer
If a cougar is staring intensely, with its tail
twitching, body low to the ground/crouching, and
ears erect, the cougar is waiting for a chance to
attack. If the cougar’s rear legs are also pumping or
moving up and down and its ears are turned fur
side forward, an attack is imminent:
• Launch a preemptive strike by taking aggressive
   action toward the cougar.
• If you have a weapon, use it. If you have a tree
   branch or walking stick, quickly run toward the
   cougar and shove the stick in its face. If you don’t
   have a stick, yell and run toward the cougar with
   your hands overhead but stop before you’re
   within reach of its paws.
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If a cougar attacks and makes contact:
• Fight for your life. Use any weapon available: camera,
   binoculars, a knife, a fishing pole, or your fists. Direct
   your blows to the cougar’s eye’s, nose, ears, and face.
• If a cougar attacks a worker, adults should attempt to
   fight the cougar off by any means possible, including
   bare hands. It has worked, and the cougar rarely turns
   on its assailant.
• If a cougar attacks and injures a worker, then retreats a
   short distance after being driven off, guard the worker
   and watch the cougar carefully—cougars have been
   known to return again and again, focused entirely on
   the worker.

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 It is about this clean and clear
• DO NOT RUN. The lion will more than likely
  leave without any kind of confrontation.
• If you are attacked FIGHT LIKE HELL!
  Unlike bear attacks, experts say that you
  should fight back when attacked by a
  Mountain Lion. Kick, Gouge its eyes, Hit it in
  the face, do anything you can to make the
  lion rethink its attack. If you try to pretend
  you are dead, a lion will more than likely
  keep attacking.

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  Never make yourself look like
        the daily Lunch
If you run it will chase!
• Bear Pepper Spray is also useful against
  mountain lions. If you have some, it can be
  sprayed at the lions nose and eyes.
• Never squat or bend over. Research shows
  that when a human bends over that
  mountain lions can mistake a person for a
  four-legged prey.

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Hey Fred let me in, WTH!

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