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    I'm thinking that, whatever animal it was, when you came out of your hammock, not only was it surprised, but it also didn't know what the heck you were.

    Could you tell how high above the ground the eyes were? A Bobcat would not stand very tall, not as tall as a grown coyote or domestic dog.

    Air horn sounds good. Pepper spray could come in very handy for all sorts of threats. Though I would never use it until I was pretty sure the attack was on. At least because the wind might get it on me or my sleep gear. But if not worried about that, it might make good training for an aggressive animal that has lost it's fear of humans.

    But if dealing with rabies, avoid getting bit!
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    Hey Sarahgirl...you better escape to the AT sooner than later where you'll be safe and sound.

    Seriously, that must have really been scary!!

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    Headlamps and pocket knives are great, but discussions like these always make me wonder whether we should all be carrying an extremely bright pocket "tactical" flashlight and either a decent sized fixed blade knife or small handgun. I've usually got the fixed blade, and have been thinking long and hard about the other two. I haven't carried a gun since I was in my late teens hunting, but I've gotten lucky and not run into any dangerous situations on the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustardman View Post
    Headlamps and pocket knives are great, but discussions like these always make me wonder whether we should all be carrying an extremely bright pocket "tactical" flashlight and either a decent sized fixed blade knife or small handgun. I've usually got the fixed blade, and have been thinking long and hard about the other two. I haven't carried a gun since I was in my late teens hunting, but I've gotten lucky and not run into any dangerous situations on the trail.
    I've got one of these and I LOVE IT! Haven't used it on any wild animals yet, but the dog doesn't like it one little bit.
    Trust nobody!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    I've got one of these and I LOVE IT! Haven't used it on any wild animals yet, but the dog doesn't like it one little bit.
    wow, what a nifty light!
    WOW, what a nightmare pricetag!

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    Quote Originally Posted by animalcontrol View Post
    wow, what a nifty light!
    WOW, what a nightmare pricetag!

    Judge: "Mrs. Animalcontrol, what event pushed you over the edge?"
    Mrs. Animalcontrol: "He paid $149 for a flashlight!"
    Judge: "Charges dismissed and you have my condolences"
    ...and what if he bought one of the $439 flashlights!!!
    "The more I carry the happier I am in camp; the less I carry the happier I am getting there" - Sgt. Rock

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    Quote Originally Posted by beep View Post
    ...and what if he bought one of the $439 flashlights!!!
    Loose lips...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Loose lips...
    Heh...just shine the 500 lumens into their eyes...they'll be dazzled while you get away clean!!! Sorta like a silent flashbang!
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    As others mentioned my guess is that it was a dog or coyote as well. Air horn or pepper spray would be good first options.

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    Sarahgirl - what you need to do is get either a Daschhund or a Chihuahua.

    They simply cannot be beat for guard dogs.

    Really.

    Look at the links if you don't believe it.
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