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Re: Possums (A Challenge)

In Glacier National Park, MT, home to at least one bear mauling per year,
the official advice from Park management is, *before* you are attacked, 
to "stand your ground", yell,  and "make yourself seem as big as
possible" (sic).  However, if you are *being* attacked, the official
advice is to drop to the ground, roll yourself into a ball, and protect
the back of your neck with your hands.

Probably much like what _Purgatorius_ did when it was under attack from
an enraged _Troodon_ mother protecting her young. [dino content].


On Thu, 05 May 2005 14:10:02 -0700 "T. Michael Keesey" <keesey@gmail.com>
> 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