Decision Making and Predators

Interestingly, the innate fear that is hardwired into almost all predators regarding a human presence is disturbingly absent when I am in the company of deer. This is a privileged perspective when the goshawk or the bald eagle perches thirty meters away, but disconcerting when the mountain lion appears. There is an old saying in this part of the West: “You don’t have to be faster than the bear—you just have to be faster than the other guy.” Invariably, after the deer have scattered, I am left standing face to face with the source of their flight.”

After more than thirty years of perpetual exposure to these possibilities, it is now my somewhat well-informed policy to never allow any formidable predator the exclusive right to make all the important decisions.

-Touching the Wild: Living with the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch by Joe Hutto

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