On Bears and Moun­tain Lions

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BLACK BELT: The state of Cal­i­for­nia ad­vises peo­ple head­ing into the wilder­ness to fight back if they’re at­tacked by a bear or moun­tain lion. How would you fight back?

Frank Kyle: I al­ways have a knife on me, and when you go into the woods, you should AL­WAYS carry a firearm. Just like normal self-de­fense, stay aware of your sur­round­ing, lis­ten to it, look about it. Al­ways check un­der your feet as you walk for snakes.

“Izzy A”: I think I would try to eye-gouge, but then again, by that time I would prob­a­bly al­ready be an­i­mal chow.

Arse­nius Michael Estes: The best way to fight a wild an­i­mal is to wait for it to charge you, and while it’s run­ning at you, reach into its mouth and grab the in­side of his tail and pull re­ally hard. This will turn the beast in­side out, and he will con­tinue to run in the op­po­site di­rec­tion that he was run­ning be­fore. You’re wel­come.

Scott M. Shor­tall: The only tech­nique known to stop a bear dead in its tracks is a fly­ing side kick, it’s been proved to work 9 times out of 10 on large bears … well, not large bears, large can be a rel­a­tive term … I’ve seen it work on a small bear, not sure if it was a bear, could have been an an­gry rac­coon, but the fly­ing side kick form was nice. Ti­mothy Hut­son: Sweep the leg!

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