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Re: Possums (A Challenge)

On 5/5/05, Phil Bigelow <bigelowp@juno.com> wrote:
> Playing dead sometimes works for humans who are being attacked by bears,
> provided that the bear isn't hungry.  The problem is that most humans
> aren't mind readers.  I also suspect that few possums are mind readers.

At Gila National Forest, New Mexico I read a bulletin posted about
dealing with bears that recommended actually fighting back if you are
attacked and cannot get away. I guess the reasoning is that bears are
lazy and may not take on a large animal if it looks like it's going to
cause any trouble. (Incidentally, this is the exact same advice I've
seen given for dealing with rapists.)


--Mike Keesey