Suppose you're hiking in cougar country and you suddenly find a large cat gnawing on your husband's noggin. What would you do? Exactly; you'd shoot the kitty off of him.
Suppose, however, that this took place in a state park in California, and you didn't have a gun. Would you call 911? Not if you were 65-year-old Nell Hamm you wouldn't. If you were her, you'd pick up a stick and whale the crap out of the mountain lion until he let go of your beau, and then stare him down 'til he ran away.
Here's a toast to Mrs. Hamm, and a pox on the people who have made California a state where handguns are rare and cougar attacks common.