I also think that even in the wood or [wilderness] any one that thinks that we are the top of the food chain is wrong. We are in the food chain. To any animal that is more powerful than us we are food
Which led me to the following response:
Given the choice between claws, bulk, brut force and predatory instinct or having a higher thinking brain, the ability to manipulate, improve and draw from the environment, I’ll put my money on the mind anyday. Food? Sure, only if you don’t use your head.
A man armed with a machete-style hunting knife suffered serious injuries as he fought off and killed an angry mother grizzly bear.
For 40 exhausting minutes, Wayne Goldsberry battled a buck with his bare hands in his daughter’s bedroom. Goldsberry finally subdued the five-point whitetail deer that crashed through a bedroom window at his daughter’s home Friday. When it was over, blood splattered the walls and the deer lay dead on the bedroom floor, its neck broken.
(under year 2000)
Clarence shouted for help, then placed his hand over the cougar’s lower jaw, with his thumb, forefinger and index finger behind its bottom canine teeth, which released its grip on his neck. “With my right hand, I pulled the cougar’s head, neck and shoulder over my chest, rendering the front claws useless as I pinned the cougar’s claws to my chest.“
Lydia Ward, 14, had stepped on the slumbering shark as she waded out from a beach in New Zealand and looked down in horror to see that it had sunk its teeth into her thigh.
A man in Leesburg, Fla., who was attacked by an 11-foot alligator at Lake Eutis was able to punch his way free and escape with minor injuries.
A Fairfield teen used a ninja sword to fend off a mountain lion after it attacked his dog Wednesday afternoon.
A kenyan herdsman who fought off and killed a lion, has died after being attacked by a pack of hyenas.
[Captain Sigurdur Petursson] was watching his crew processing a catch when he saw the shark swimming towards the fish blood and guts – and his men. [He] ran into the shallow water and grabbed the shark by its tail. He dragged it off to dry land and killed it with his knife.
After being attacked by a bobcat Monday afternoon, a local man reportedly protected himself and killed the cat with his bare hands.
A Colorado man used a chain saw to fight off a mountain lion that attacked him during a camping trip with his wife and two toddlers in northwestern Wyoming. [..] The wounded animal retreated after Britton inflicted a six- to eight-inch gash on the lion’s shoulder, leaving him with only a small puncture wound on his forearm.
A Conroe man wasn’t about to let a neighbor’s pit bull attack him. He courageously fought back and now that dog is dead.
Nairobi – A 73-year-old man used his bare hands to tear out the tongue of a leopard that attacked him in Kenya and killed it,
Armed only with a pocket knife and a mother’s powerful instincts, Mary Jane Coder fought off a mountain lion that tried repeatedly to attack her young daughters on a remote Texas trail. The family survived, but just barely.
Matthew Goff, 29,stabbed a 6-foot alligator with a pocketknife after it grabbed his dog by the head, and managed to drive off the reptile.
A few others of semi-interest:
I don’t know how this ranks as ingenuity or even necessity, but it makes for an interesting spectacle to say the least:
Police arrived because the turkey invasion had set off an alarm. The police wound up using a Taser on the turkey, which upset animal-rights activists.
He was known for taking hunting trips alone into the woods, hunting American black bears with only a knife. Some accounts credit him with killing as many as 80 bears.\
An Albanian town had to call in police and hunters after a pack of 200 stray mountain dogs attacked at least nine people. [..] People threw stones to break up the pack. Police and hunters killed 20 dogs, including the leader.
I can’t find any corroboration for this story and seem to be finding links to it under the spelling of ‘Peterson’ while the image clearly spells it ‘Petersen’. But just from my own knowledge of bears and anatomy, I would find it unlikely that the human jaw would have either the span or the ability to render a grizzly unconscious. It’s likely an exaggerated tale for a museum piece or some kind of hoax.
P.S. I’d like to give credit to ‘cracked.com’ for helping me find 2 of the stories. They actually feature many of them, but the same link came up multiple times as I was doing searches on the others. Their slant on the tales is of course always amusing: Killed with Bare Hands
I may add more later as I find them….