Well we are into the second week of Spring, that means many of us men are beginning to come out of winter hibernation and experiencing the dreaded joy of allergy season along with spring cleaning and landscaping duties. The bright side of this time of the year is that if you can control your allergies its the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors.
Unlike cleaning gutters, weeding, etc, hiking is a very enjoyable way to partake of this beautiful time of year. Back to nature where things are simpler, purer, cleaner, a chance to clear your head. A enjoyable safe environment, or is it?
The view must have been grand for a 69 year old Robert Biggs, as he watched a family of black bears with a new born cub in the group. Unfortunately a terrible unknown danger was lurking in the background, ready to pull Robert into the animal kingdoms survival of the fittest.
Turning around to continue his hike Robert was bushwhacked by a mountain lion – most likely in the neighborhood to feast on fresh young bear flesh. Using its natural instincts the cat pounced for Roberts head, ready to lay its claws and teeth into his neck. Thankfully Robert was hiking with his backpack on; blocking the cat from his head saving him from this initial and potentially deadly blow.
Though the cat was unable to gain the kill-shot it hoped for it did knock Robert down to the ground. The fight could soon be over at this point; things were not in Roberts favor. Thankfully Roberts hike took him through steep terrain so his rock pick was already in hand. Struggling to stay alive Roberts started screaming and landed a blow to the cats head. The cat let out a scream but still would not let go.
The struggle was not over Roberts had no intention to let this cat enjoy an easy meal. As Roberts got ready to strike the cat a blur on his left side grabbed the cat by the throat and pulled it off of him.
Tremendous screeching and growling noises erupted for the next few seconds as the mother bear and mountain lion came to a clash. Ultimately the cat knew that his dinner had been called off and ran away. After the battle of these two glorious titans of the California wilderness was over the mother bear went back down on all fours and gave Roberts a brief moment of eye contact, as to say your welcome before returning to her cubs.
Robert Gibbs ordeal with a mountain lion ended on a good note; survival, only a few scrapes and bruises; a fantastic manly story to tell. Hopefully over time the story gets more colorful in description while holding its truth. This is a story that should be shared in beer halls everywhere, even if Robert’s made it up which may or may not be the case, it is a great story.