Mountain Lion vs. Basset Hound

Posted: February 28, 2010 in Basset Hounds, Uncategorized
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You looking at me? Feeling lucky, punk?

They’ve been having problems with mountain lions in Rapid City, South Dakota.

A 60 pound lab lost its life and it’s carcass was found in the mountains after an attack. Many suspect missing dogs in the area are victims of lion attacks.

This is where the basset hound comes in.

Not long after the poor lab was killed and a 100 pound Rottie had to be saved by it’s owner, the mountain lion, believed to be the trouble maker, set her sites on a basset hound in Rapid City.

She studied the hound, plotted her strategy and attacked.

The result?

If you’re a basset hound lover, no need to turn away.

The basset hound went nuts. Started barking and carrying on and startled the mountain lion. When the lion hesitated, the basset charged.

The authorities found the lion in a nearby tree with the basset at the bottom looking up and growling.

Here’s what John Kanta, the regional game manager said.

“And that basset hound was so fat its belly drug on the ground,” he said. “It bayed and howled and put that lion right up a tree.”

That’s right, you don’t mess with a pissed off basset hound.

  1. Christine says:

    Big cat was undone by that arooooo attitude in action! 😉

  2. Sophie (Lifelong Basset owner) says:

    Well done to your Basset for scaring off that horrid creature because I was really worried when I started reading the story!!! Please take care of your Basset because that could have been a very tragic story!!!

  3. Menzie says:

    Gog basset go! Oh, and BTW, I object to the casual slur on the basset’s appearance… their bellies are SUPPOSED to drag the ground! Right?

  4. Wanda says:

    Being owned by bassets myself, I find this story funny yet amazing. Bassets are very loyal and will fend for family. (especially where there is food to be had). “No Big Fat Rat Cat will get their food” 🙂

  5. M.J. Evans says:

    Let’s hear it for the little guys! There was an article on the news about 5 months ago from California, when three Chihuahuas faced off against a mountain lion and held the big cat at bay.

  6. D.B. Dean says:

    Sometimes it the unexpected behavior that works on animals of prey. The Bassett didnt act like expected – the rott and the lab probably went all growling and fighting…the bassett talked it up a tree.

    I once watched my three house cats corner a doberman…man that dog thought he found some chew toys – what he got was three cammando kitties working as a team.

  7. marycunningham says:

    Great story, and I love the picture!


  8. Jackie says:

    As a Basset Owner I can totally see my Basset doing this! She tree’s everything that she can (Squrils, raccons and the occasiona rabit!)

    Glad that the Basset was ok :)!

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  10. Debbie says:

    Wow what a story! Guess he really did see a puddy-cat! Way to go Big Guy!

  11. chris says:

    Go hound dog go

  12. Dog & Horse Lover says:

    YOU GO BIG LOVABLE Basset you!! Use that wonderful baritone bark to shake things up and defend yourself!
    It deserves several treats from the owner when it looks up at them with those gorgeous, tear-jerker eyes 😉
    Great story…love it, THANKS for sharing 🙂

  13. Barb says:

    Lumpers rule!

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