Mountain lions can be scary, especially if you find yourself in an unsupported situation. They are huge felines and they won’t hesitate to pounce on them. In this case, however, the cougar was in a disadvantaged position. Cougars know how to climb trees and keep their balance on even the thinnest branches.
These are predators. They can reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour and typically weigh around 200 pounds. While other big cats have very good voices, pumas have a different larynx than other species, which limits their vocalizations.
Sometimes, cougars chirp or scream, but they also grunt and growl. They are also unusual because they have different names. Mountain lions are also known as cougars and panthers. They are also known as cougars and mountain screamers.
The cougar had to use its climbing skills to take refuge in the branches of a fairly small tree. It’s high up, and just below it, some hounds are going nuts. They were barking and howling and trying to climb trees. They don’t have the climbing skills of mountain lions.
Bloodhounds are bred for a specific purpose. Humans assign them to perform different tasks according to their needs. In some cases, they find camouflaged prey like pheasants, and in others they help hunters retrieve flying prey like ducks.
There is no one specific type of hound. In fact, you can train several different breeds to be hunting companions. For example, you can explore an American Foxhound, Basset Hound or Terrier. These dogs can take down large predators like mountain lions when in packs.
However, cougar hunting is strictly regulated. It’s not even legal in some regions. Some states, such as Montana, New Mexico, and Nevada allow the activity. These dogs can’t climb trees, but they can gather and intimidate.
In this clip you can see how they form in groups and bark like crazy. The cougar was looking down at them, hissing and even looking sideways at the person filming it. The cougar appeared to be looking straight at the camera, knowing he was in danger.
It balances on a branch while continuing to hiss. Throughout the clip, the dog doesn’t let up. They continue to work furiously and aggressively to let the cougars know that they are not welcome there.
Next, some more mountain lion encounters:
Watch a Mountain Lion Relentlessly Track a Terrified Hunter
Man bravely attacks mountain lion to save his dog (graphics!)
Watch a reflection of a mighty mountain lion questioning itself suspiciously
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