Dangerous Animals in Himalaya

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#1 Jul 10th, 2009, 17:01
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Can someone please advise me.

When I do go to India I intend to visit Gangotri/Gaumukh/Badrinath/Hemkund.

Is it safe to sleep in the wilderness ?
I have heard about leopards & bears attacking people.
Is this just rumour & scaremongering, what are the real risks ?

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Originally Posted by Old_Boots View Post Can someone please advise me.

When I do go to India I intend to visit Gangotri/Gaumukh/Badrinath/Hemkund.

Is it safe to sleep in the wilderness ?
I have heard about leopards & bears attacking people.
Is this just rumour & scaremongering, what are the real risks ?

Regards

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Nope. This is the (end of) pilgrimage season with far too many people. Even if you try hard to stray deep into the woods, its unlikely.
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Without the slightest doubt, most dangerous are Homo Sapiens, followed by dogs, Tibetan mastifs can be lethal.

Ticks can also be a cause for real concern, pick up TBE and you might become a vegetable.

Wild mammals will try to avoid you as much as they can, as they are more afraid of you than you are of them, so there is no reason to worry.
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Ah just yesterday we got a vistit from dear old bagheera, he wanted to make one of our dogs his meal but I preempted him and managed to bring in the dog just before he could attack. This naturally annoyed him very much and kept growling around the house much of the night, but he wasn't trying to eat me - he just wanted the dog! Was I glad to be in a house with solid walls!
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Originally Posted by livinhimalayas View Post Ah just yesterday we got a vistit from dear old bagheera, he wanted to make one of our dogs his meal but I preempted him and managed to bring in the dog just before he could attack. This naturally annoyed him very much and kept growling around the house much of the night, but he wasn't trying to eat me - he just wanted the dog! Was I glad to be in a house with solid walls!
Really good place to stay.

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Originally Posted by livinhimalayas View Post Ah just yesterday we got a vistit from dear old bagheera, he wanted to make one of our dogs his meal but I preempted him and managed to bring in the dog just before he could attack. This naturally annoyed him very much and kept growling around the house much of the night, but he wasn't trying to eat me - he just wanted the dog! Was I glad to be in a house with solid walls!
WOW i have been dreaming to stay in such place ofcourse, i will want full fortification of my walls before staying for a night electric fence between compound wall and home will be much better as second ring of protection
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Originally Posted by livinhimalayas View Post Ah just yesterday we got a vistit from dear old bagheera, he wanted to make one of our dogs his meal but I preempted him and managed to bring in the dog just before he could attack. This naturally annoyed him very much and kept growling around the house much of the night, but he wasn't trying to eat me - he just wanted the dog! Was I glad to be in a house with solid walls!
i remember such tales being told to me by my friend who has a house in gethia(some 15-16 km from Nainital). Some years ago When we went to his place , then also there was some news that nearby some leopard had sumptuous meal of dog.

BTW where are u staying exactly livinginhimalayas
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Originally Posted by maindak View Post i remember such tales being told to me by my friend who has a house in gethia(some 15-16 km from Nainital). Some years ago When we went to his place , then also there was some news that nearby some leopard had sumptuous meal of dog.

BTW where are u staying exactly livinginhimalayas
Hey you reminded me an experience my brother had about 10 years ago.

Well, my brother had one such experience near Ranikhet. His college friend has ancestral house there and all guys went there in summer holidays (they were in engineering college that time). They had a varandah with a shade on it. A table-tennis table was there and they were playing on it at around 9 in the evening. Suddenly a small animal jumped from the shade and ran in the darkness and the very next second, a leopard jumped from the shade running behind that animal . My brother and all his friends were so shocked they immediately run in the house, closed all the doors and windows tight and slept in one room all together for the night .
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Originally Posted by wind_chariot View Post Hey you reminded me an experience my brother had about 10 years ago.

Well, my brother had one such experience near Ranikhet. His college friend has ancestral house there and all guys went there in summer holidays (they were in engineering college that time). They had a varandah with a shade on it. A table-tennis table was there and they were playing on it at around 9 in the evening. Suddenly a small animal jumped from the shade and ran in the darkness and the very next second, a leopard jumped from the shade running behind that animal . My brother and all his friends were so shocked they immediately run in the house, closed all the doors and windows tight and slept in one room all together for the night .
What was leopard doing in the shade , enjoying the table-tennis match hehe
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Well dogs are easy prey for Leopards, specially the strays. Every year during winter (when most sheep/goats come down from the high meadows and there is scarcity of prey) the leopards come down to the river valley and the village dogs start disappearing or turning up with horrendous wounds after fights with leopards.
Last year our village lost three good dogs to leopards and we lost two that had dared to do into the forest after dusk.
BTW, despite all the stories from Jim Corbett and others, there are few leopards that turn maneaters or attack humans. Normally they will hide and observe humans but not really attack them.
Leopards cannot enter a house with solid walls and good doors and windows. What do you need an electrified fence for Wind Chariot?
In case you are still too scared of it make sure that there are no trees anywhere in the vicinity of the fence, the leopards can climb up trees and them jump over the fence.
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I have had my share of close encounters with wildlife in Himalayas. One incident happened around about 13 or 14 years back that is still fresh in my memory. It’s a long story but to cut it short, I was on one of my lousy adrenaline assisted adventure and was passing through the forest of chopta around 7 pm. It was almost dark and just as I stopped for few minutes of break close to a tree, I saw a leopard as close as three feet in front of me. I stayed at my place without moving but looking directly in eyes of the leopard. After about few centuries (yes it seemed that much to me), the leopard moved away and I carried on with my trek in absolute darkness and reached chopta around 10 pm.
As for you staying in wilderness, I agree with Per, if you can survive humans, you can survive the jungles
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Without the slightest doubt, most dangerous are Homo Sapiens, followed by dogs
Per is dead right in this..
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post I have had my share of close encounters with wildlife in Himalayas. One incident happened around about 13 or 14 years back that is still fresh in my memory. It’s a long story but to cut it short, I was on one of my lousy adrenaline assisted adventure and was passing through the forest of chopta around 7 pm. It was almost dark and just as I stopped for few minutes of break close to a tree, I saw a leopard as close as three feet in front of me. I stayed at my place without moving but looking directly in eyes of the leopard. After about few centuries (yes it seemed that much to me), the leopard moved away and I carried on with my trek in absolute darkness and reached chopta around 10 pm.
As for you staying in wilderness, I agree with Per, if you can survive humans, you can survive the jungles
Ah, those centuries... I am sure after it left you, you are bound to remember the incident, because if it hadn't left then only it would have remembered
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