Dogs are one of the oldest animals domesticated by humans.When they get a job, they will Do it to the max. Even the soft, cuddly dogs people love today have a job – hug you! Still, just because cute and non-utilitarian dogs exist doesn’t mean the species’ usefulness in the wild has disappeared. In fact, a video is a good reminder of how important dogs are to modern man.
In one of the coolest clips ever released, we get to see a pack of hounds doing what they do best – hunting. The clip shows hounds barking and hunting the world’s most dangerous prey: the mountain lion.
As most people know, cougars are extremely dangerous, powerful, and cunning, all of which make hunting them quite exciting. If it’s just a person, hunting a cougar is mostly accidental, since it’s nearly impossible to find them without the help of a dog.
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However, that changes when you get a dog. Dogs can run for hours at a time, take a scent, and keep on tracking. Once they find something, they will show no mercy. As far as this video goes, we see the end of the chase.
Video shows a puma covered in snow powder stranded on a rock ledge. There were about 5-8 dogs, all with trackers around their necks, barking at the mountain lions on the side of the rock. Although difficult to tell apart, this mountain lion is quite large. It’s puffed up and looks bigger, but it’s still thick and muscular.
The process of “barking” is (usually) dogs bringing the animal they are hunting into a position where they can hold it in place. In this clip, with so many dogs barking, the mountain lion is cornered by a rock and brought out into the bay. Typically, mountain lions climb trees to escape dogs, but a rock outcrop like this one can serve the same purpose.
While most videos like this end with a bang and a dead cougar, that’s not really the case. With all the dogs barking and photographers snapping, the mountain lion sees break time and runs away in the snow.
On the face of it, the TikTok account owner isn’t actually a sports hunter, but a catch-and-release hunter. This might just be a way to try and trick TikTok’s algorithm, but if they’re telling the truth, they didn’t kill the mountain lion that day. Some people try to scare cougars away from livestock, this could be an example of someone doing this to a dog.
Although not always the case, every creature seemed to walk away from the encounter unscathed. There was a cougar the same size as the one in the video, thankfully it didn’t turn around and attack. It might make short work of those dogs!
Be sure to check out the clip below to see the cougar for yourself!
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