How to defend yourself against a lion attack?
- ElizabethLv 75 months agoFavorite Answer
The way to deal with a potential lion attack is basically to act like another threatened cat. Even domestic cats have the same basic responses.
Cats expect their prey to run. They also attack when prey isn't facing them. So the first thing you'd need to do is face the lion, stand your ground, and under no circumstances run or back up.
Cats respond to eye contact. Domestic cats blink slowly at us and one another as a non-threatening gesture that everything is ok. So when dealing with a lion, you'd need to make direct eye contact and fixate your gaze. This is cat for 'do not mess with me because I am ready to fight'.
The next thing you'd do is show the lion you are preparing for an actual fight. Domestic cats fluff up their fur, turn sideways, and flatten their ears, and growl and hiss. They do this to make themselves appear larger. Since humans are taller than a lion on its four legs you already look intimidating. You then turn side on, keeping your eyes fixed, widen your stance, raise your arms, and clap and shout. This is about as close as we can get to behaving like we are ready to fight.
Lions will make a few charges to get prey to run. If you stand your ground, they might eventually back off ... you're not worth the hassle if there is other prey around. If a lion does attack, there is very little we can do to defend ourselves ... all we can do in the absence of weapons is make ourselves look like too much effort to be worth it.
- CRRLv 75 months ago
It's important not to startle a lion as this can provoke an attack. To avoid this wear little bells so the lion can hear you coming. In case you are attacked carry a pepper spray.
It's also useful to be able to identify the presence of lions by looking out for their droppings. Lion droppings contain little bells and smells of pepper.
- BillandhiscatsLv 65 months ago
Apart from all the advice given, prior to making a trip to where big cats are resident, book a few trips to the local gymnasium and learn to run like hell when faced with a serious situation. Do not underestimate the speed that an animal can attack. Foe example, a Bear can attack at 39 to 40 MPH through heavy undergrawth.
Suggest that it is far better to keep out of such situation where you haven't a hope in hell's chance of surviving.
- 5 months ago
stand your ground wave your hands and arms while yelling. show no FEAR that should work. or carry a couple raw steaks with you
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- MegumiLv 65 months ago
Carry a .378 Weatherby Magnum rifle that is ready to fire.
- daniel gLv 75 months ago
A 45-70 is a good choice, but these big cats come up from behind with very little warning.
- Anonymous5 months ago
How many lions do you plan upon being around?
- .Lv 75 months ago
do not go anywhere there are lions
- billrussell42Lv 75 months ago
A large caliber handgun, like a M1911 45.
- .Lv 65 months ago
With a weapon like a rifle, gun, spear, stick or knife.