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Mule Attacks Mountain Lion
Netlore Archive:  Emailed photos purportedly show a mule attacking and killing a mountain lion in Arizona (or Wyoming, or Montana, depending on version)

Description:  Emailed images
Circulating since:  Nov. 2004
Status:  Mislabeled
Analysis:  See comments
 


Variant #1:
Email example contributed by D. Lange, 15 November 2004:

Subject: FW: mule attacking mountain lion

These pictures are from my friend Dan Ingalls in Riverton WY. He runs cattle with his boys on BLM ground. I did not get the scoop on them yet, but you can see he copied me on an email he sent to the Boston Herald with the pictures. I have not spoken to Dan in a while, but he has terrible predator problems. Some of you may have been copied 4 years ago on the wolves that attacked his boys and their camp at night as well as bears. When they go into the bank to finance yearlings, they have to pencil in a 1-2% predator death loss every summer.

Amazing photos ...



Variant #2:
Email example contributed by TJ, 15 November 2004:

Subject: Fw: Tough Mule

Some lion hunters were using mules to chase their hounds, which in turn were chasing a lion. Somehow the mule got hold of the lion and the photos are of it (the mule kicking and biting the **&%$$ out of the lion). If you look at the side of the 2-3 picture you see the lion hounds watching in amazement.



Variant #3:
Email example contributed by M. Yates, 18 November 2004:

Subject: FW: One tough mule!

"These pics came from a coworkers dad in AZ. Yes the Mule, killed the mountain lion. The lion had been stalking them for the better part of the morning, on the way out to a hunt. They were pretty sure it was after a dog. The cat apparently ambushed them, and the mule pictured tossed its rider and went into attack(defense) mode, the horses scattered and shots were fired but no one was sure if they hit the cat or not. Unfortunately, the battle was decently long, and it wasn't until it was almost over that one of the guys started snapping pics."



Variant #4:
Email example contributed by L. Ward, 10 December 2004:

Subject: Don't mess with THIS mule!....

This is one MAD Mule!

"These pics came from a co-worker in AZ. Yes the mule killed the mountain lion. The lion had been stalking them for the better part of the morning, on the way out to a hunt. They were pretty sure it was after one of the dogs.

The cat ambushed them, and the mule pictured tossed its rider and went into attack (defense) mode, the horses scattered and shots were fired but no one was sure if they hit the cat or not.

Unfortunately, the battle was decently long, and it wasn't until it was almost over that one of the guys started snapping pics.

The mule finally stomped the cougar to death after biting and throwing it around like a rag doll.

The dogs wouldn't even come close until the mule settled down. the cat was still alive here and trying to fight back the mule stomped the cat then pinned it to the ground and bit the heck out of the dead cat several more times. the cat was pretty much dead by now then mule picked up the cat again whipped it into the air again then stomped the dead cat again for good measure!

note the dog audience....



Variant #5:
Email example contributed by A. Franklin, 24 August 2005:

Subject: FW: Mean mule

This may be a first...

A couple from Montana were out riding on the range, he with his rifle and she (fortunately) with her camera. Their dogs always followed them, but on this occasion a Mountain Lion decided that he wanted to stalk the dogs (you'll see the dogs in the background watching). Very, very bad decision...

The hunter got off the mule with his rifle and decided to shoot in the air to scare away the lion, but before he could get off a shot the lion charged in and decided he wanted a piece of those dogs. With that, the mule took off and decided he wanted a piece of that lion. That's when all hell broke loose... for the lion.

As the lion approached the dogs the mule snatched him up by the tail and started whirling him around. Banging its head on the ground on every pass. Then he dropped it, stomped on it and held it to the ground by the throat. The mule then got down on his knees and bit the thing all over a couple of dozen times to make sure it was dead, than whipped it into the air again, walked back over to the couple (that were stunned in silence) and stood there ready to continue his ride... as if nothing had just happened.

Fortunately even though the hunter didn't get off a shot, his wife got off these 4...

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