I recently had the opportunity to peruse the hyperbolic pages of old American Hunting Magazines.
I became obssessed with a recurring segment known as This Happened To Me which are illustrated accounts of "Sporting Outdoorsmen" who survived being attacked by uppity wild animals.
I love the dramatic comic styling and the underlying implication that Hunting is a dangerous activity and only the manliest of men can participate.
Some of the attacks were apparently unprovoked. Thank goodness his buddy had a gun in his sleeping bag.
To be fair, even the most Disneyfied members of PETA would want to have a huge arsenal of firearms at their side if they met up with a Bear in the wild. ..
and who amongst us wouldn't expect huge multicellular "game", especially 1800 pound herbivores like Elk, to fight back against Hunters if they are provoked, wounded or having a bad day.
The most common "perp" was our ancient competitor the "other" omnivore, the Bear. Actually there is another omnivore the Boar, but they are related to bears anyway that's why the genders of both are called Boars and Sows but I'm getting sidetracked.
Imagine the audacity of a lowly dumb animal eatin' Human Men!
We've been going at each other for hundreds of thousands of years.
You'd expect a 1,000 pound Bear to eat whatever it wants right?
Being attacked by a Cougar isn't surprising either...
How many of you realised that big brown eyed Bambi can attack people! Well they can, especially during the mating season when the Bucks are so horny that they lose their minds...
actually they aren't horny they have antlers but the distinction might be lost on you if you were being impaled :)
Have you ever imagined being attacked by an ill tempered Badger? Sure why not?
Feral dogs? Under the right circumstances even the lazy-ass family pet can revert to a savage wolf-like monster and hunt people. This hunter became the hunted and was forced to take-0ut killer hounds that have tasted blood when a pack treed him.
The best (worst) story was the too scary to even contemplate. I can't imagine how terrified this guy was when he and his three Beagles were attacked by a black hare. Shades of Monty Python's Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog in the Holy Grail.