I recently went hiking in one of the many canyons we have in Southern California and there were many warnings about mountain lions.
In the visitor center there was a “taxidermicized” mountain lion and he was actually quite small. I looked at it and thought to myself that, attacked by a mountain lion, I could actually very likely get my hands around it’s throat- the neck was really just about the size of an adult human’s neck.
What would be my chances of successfully strangling a mountain lion? I also bet if I went for his eyes with a stick, or even my thumbs, I’d make out pretty well too. I figure my chances against a wolf or a coyote would be about as good.
Even if the animals are much better clawers and biters than we are, it seems the human brain ought to help us figure out an effective way to fight dirty if we are attacked. Is it fear and panic, alone, that make humans so ill equipt to fight off an attacking animal? Or am I just plain wrong and, in fact, humans are really just ill equipt to fight off animals like these?
How well could an non-panicking human adult do in a fight with a wolf? a mountain lion? a tasmanian devil? assorted nasties smaller than bears and tigers?