Please bear with me. The question isn’t as dumb as it sounds.
I live 'way out in the country in southern Indiana. Last night, my neighbor, the one who lives a quarter-mile down my hill, stopped by and told me he is now keeping a lion, a cougar and a lynx on his property. Apparently, they are well away from the road because I haven’t seen them.
I would like for some of you zoologists to tell me what to do if I come across an escaped lion in the woods or meadows, or refer me to some knowledgeable books or web sites. Do you hold your ground (I’ve read that fleeing, which would be my first through hundredth choices, triggers the predator instinct in lions even if they aren’t hungry) or kiss your ass goodbye?
Can you blow off a lion’s head with a .44-Magnum or a .357-Magnum? Afraid all the weapons I have are a .22-caliber rifle and a 20-guage shotgun, but I think a friend will sell me a powerful handgun at a reasonable price.
Thanx. I really appreciate any answers I receive.