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    Cougar Country

    I'm going to become homeless in order to afford university. Taking tips from another homeless student I know who lives in another province, I'm buying a hammock and sleeping in a forest near the university. I will be taking my camp down in the morning so as to not be caught. I'm worried about cougars though as I live in BC (cougar country). Does anybody know if this is an extremely bad idea?
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    You should be much more worried about other humans and where you'll shower.

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    I would be shocked if you ever saw one. The bulk of the cats stay in the high country and away from large population centers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kallorne View Post
    I would be shocked if you ever saw one. The bulk of the cats stay in the high country and away from large population centers.
    They say that. Supposed to be true about bears too. Anything can happen but I'm with you. Cats are a lot more leary around humans.
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    Well I'll be showering at my university gym. I work out and shower there everyday anyway :P. Won't the fact that I'll be there in the dark. I'm pretty small 5 foot 6, and alone and out there every night make me basically cougar prey? There have been cougars spotted in the area several times in the last 5 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryt View Post
    Well I'll be showering at my university gym. I work out and shower there everyday anyway :P. Won't the fact that I'll be there in the dark. I'm pretty small 5 foot 6, and alone and out there every night make me basically cougar prey? There have been cougars spotted in the area several times in the last 5 years.
    Your not really on their food list although there have been exceptions. Your height is not an issue. You'll probably never see one and have more issues with raccoons where you are. To feel comfortable tho you might want to have a good size pole in camp,2"x 6', a light that has a high output setting and bear spray. The spray won't work for cougars as well as bears but still a strong irritant. I'd be more concerned about all the rain.

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    I agree with mbiraman - A stout staff kept handy and bear spray should be all you would need. Cats, like other predators, are interested in easy food, not something big that fights back.
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    Agree with posters above. Be more worried about other people trying to steal your stuff or beating you up and taking your money.

    I realize it can be done, and I salute you if you have the cajones to pull it off, but aren't you supposed to enjoy your university years? Looks like there won't be much"Hey come back to my place!" action going on. You may find it lonely after the initial excitement wears off. You'll always be stressed about your hanging spot and your stuff still being there, and cougars, raccoons, etc. And while I know Victoria is about the warmest place in Canada, I'm sure it must get some crappy slushy weather at least.

    Sure you can't get a student loan from the province?

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    How to survive a cougar attack.

    Bryt,
    I'd be VERY worried if I were you:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VshBT5Ua4uo

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