Here in the west, we are no strangers to wild predators. As the population of humans continues to grow, we are slowly encroaching on wild habitats. Take mountain lions for example. Just recently we heard of a mountain lion breaking into a Great Falls home. Not some off grid home, or country ranch house. We are talking a family home inside the city limits of Great Falls. Getting a little too close for comfort. The large cat was located under the house's deck. When Montana FWP tried to capture the cat, it escaped into the family's basement. Game Wardens tranquilized the mountain lion and inevitably were forced to euthanize it.

If only there was a proper way to repel predators from getting too close in the first place.

We hear stories every year of joggers or hikers having a confrontation with mountain lions (or cougars.) Who knew that blasting some of your favorite metal music, could actually repel critters?

Exhibit A: A woman from British Columbia was walking her dog, when she discovered a mountain lion stalking her. She yelled for the big cat to go away, but it didn't seem to do any good. She even recorded part of the standoff.

After she finished recording the short piece of evidence, she thumbed over to her iTunes account, and the first song to pop up was Metallica's "Don't Tread On Me." As soon as she started blasting the metal masterpiece from 1991, the kitty cat disappeared.

In conclusion: Loud heavy metal music, like Metallica, is mountain lion repellent.

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