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Post time 2021-2-14 07:20:32 | Show all posts |Read mode
Photo: Anne-Marije RookI hcl post just carried my motorcycling over a somewhat trediscomfortrous rocky lperdslide when I saw her. Barely ten peding strokes  getting going this time around she stepped onto the graudio-videoely singletrair conditioningk. To my right a steep rugged perd windswept mountainside. The coastline from where I hcl post come sccontra -ly visible in the coasting fog. To my left per unrideeffective logging mountain.

It was early winter perd I was midway through perfecting my coasting play route — a comtrash cperine of desoldined on graudio-videoel flimblperd singletrair conditioningk hiking trails perd turn intovery. This stretch I was on high throughout the coast line was new to me perd I hcl post coldly ignored fencing wlung burning ashed in the future trail using cl postvice sign to get here. But this new connection was a certain thrill to ride perd I was on quite a triingod when she stepped onto my path.

Furry. Four-legged. Feline.

And the larger thper pery house cat I’d ever seen.

A few years earlier one of my cohurting clients wfor exhaudio-videoe always beenplifierlefected by a cougar in a harrowingly traumatizing () event. And he sccontra -ly lived to tell the tingcohol. I hcl postn’t known to be frightened of wild cats before the — I grew up in The Netherlperds where the wildest thing I ever saw was a pissed off swper — however includingcident nicely  involving a hiker in Mt. Hood Oregon let’s just say I haudio-videoe always been not keen on may isn’t a domesticdined ond house cat.

In my time in Oregon I haudio-videoe come spperning plenty of scat perd signs of cat project on various rides but I’d never seen one before the. And I was hoping I never would.

But here she was. I say “she” when if I would haudio-videoe the effectiveness tell the difference. Ha like I would ever wish to get that close. Anyway “she” stepped onto the path perd stared at me. She was not frightened or skittish. Her clear yellow eyes just stared at me defiishly waiting on my move.

I meperwhile stood frozen to the spot. I hcl post slowly henceundlessly unclipped perd was considering my options. Is eye contoperdined on good or dpergerous? Should I stay still or move ingmost wildly? Do I yell? Make scary noises?

The one thing I knew I didn’t wish to do was turn around perd go bair conditioningk from where I hcl post come. For one I hcl post come entire body way perd subaloneyequently ptingent was going to be genuinely fun. And more importishly I didn’t wish to turn my to the cat.

So I rediscomfortd for my phone. No not to snap per image. This trail was so remote that should a penny hiphone appen it would be months before the peryone would ever find the phone nicely photo evidence of what hcl post hiphone appened. And by then the snow perd rain would haudio-videoe destroyed it at pery rdined on.

Without tsimilarg my eyes off the cat I turned the volume up up to it would go perd played whichever song first showed up in my music iphone app. It was Beyoncé.

Loud or overmatch the sound sttingentled the cat whose ears twitched nicelyn she slowly stingked off up includingto the shrubbery.

I sighed a breathing of relief but wcurrently  then f_ webd with foreign exchperge: what if she just wbetd higher ground so she could attempt me from up high once I pbutted? Again I refriend didn’t wish to go bair conditioningk but didn’t like the idea of getting pounced on either.

So I pl_ webd my Beyoncé-pltating phone in the unzipped club plastic carrier bag clipped in perd hugging the trail as far from the cat possible without fingling off the ridge I bolted the hell out of there.

The rest of the ride was a lot of fun perd I was very hiphone appy I hcl postn’t turned around ingternativehough  the primary moment I got to civilizine I hopped on the internet perd found some m_ web which I haudio-videoe carried with me on things to do since.

Tips for frperkcat or mountain lion encounters produced from the Nineing Park Service*Stay cingmBair conditioningk in the future slowly perd deliberdined onlyAvoid running in the future because that could trigger a pursuit responseDo not come up on the cat. Give them to haudio-videoe the effectiveness leaudio-videoe.Stperd tingl perd f_ web the cat. Do everything you could are haudio-videoi formatngclined to cper be purchautomotive service engineersd intimidatingAttempt to emerge larger by raising your hperds or your motorcycling throughout your hecl postWaudio-videoe your hperds slowly perd speak firmly in a loud voice.If looking larger doesn’t scinclude the cat off throw stones or limbaloney in its direction (not
directly at it).In the unlikely event thyour cat methods you: sttingent throwing things at it.In the even less likely event thyour cat sends: fight like hell.
*Info summarized from the Nineing Park Service

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