Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly. (Proverbs 17:12)

We are born ignorant fools but we do not have to exit this world that way. Since being a fool is a sin we can repent of folly and be made wise by the Living God. Becoming wise is no comfortable process and only those who are willing to be rebuked by Wisdom will become wise. Therefore before you state that you would like to be a wise person it is best to ask yourself How much rebuking can I take? Because only those who “respond” to God’s rebukes are given real wisdom, knowledge and discernment. All others remain fools to one degree or another.

  • If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you. (Proverbs 1:23)

There are many who are wise by the standards of the world, but be warned, you will never understand Jesus, God and the Universe until you are willing to become a fool.

  • Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness” ; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” (1 Corinthians 3:18-20)

In conclusion both the fool and the so-called wise of the world need to understand that wisdom, living knowledge and truth comes only from listening to the Living God “talk” with his mouth. For it is only the Lord who gives by His power wisdom.

  • For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6)

A hiker in Utah took video showing a cougar chasing him for nearly six minutes.

Kyle Burgess, 26, said he was hiking at about 5 p.m. Saturday in Provo’s Slate Canyon Park when he saw four cougar cubs.

Then, the apparent mother of the cubs started chasing him.

“No, no go away, please go away,” Burgess, a trail runner who was hiking alone, said as he backed away from the cougar pursuing him on the trail.

At one point Burgess says, apparently to the animal, “Come on, dude, I don’t feel like dying today.”

Utah hiker is chased by cougar, video shows: ‘I don’t feel like dying today’ NBC News

Remove wildlife attractants from your property, including pet food, water sources, bird feeders and fallen fruit. If your property and landscaping are attractive to deer and other wildlife, cougars may follow the wildlife into your property while searching for prey.

  • Do not leave children outside unattended, especially at dawn and dusk.
  • As a deterrent, install outside and motion sensitive lighting around your property.
  • Trim vegetation and remove woodpiles to reduce hiding places for wildlife.
  • Bring pets and livestock inside at night or secure them in a barn or kennel with a top.
  • Provide secure shelter for hobby farm animals such as poultry, rabbits and goats.

Ask your neighbors to follow these tips too!

Preventing Conflicts While Recreating

  • Do not hike or jog alone.
  • Travel in groups and keep everyone together including children and dogs.
  • Make noise while hiking to alert cougars of your presence.
  • Leave the area if you find a dead animal, especially deer or elk, it could be a cougar kill. The cougar may return and defend its food.
  • Keep a clean camp. Store food and garbage in an odor-free, locked container or hung between two trees where cougars (and bears) cannot get it.

If You Encounter a Cougar

  • Stop. Never run from a cougar. Do not approach the cougar.
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Pick up children and pets or keep them very close.
  • Stand up tall.
  • Do not crouch or squat.
  • Make yourself look bigger by raising and waving your arms or jacket above your head.
  • Talk firmly in a loud voice, back away slowly and leave the area.
  • Fight back if you are attacked! Protect your head and neck.
  • If you are aggressive enough the cougar will probably flee.

If you have an encounter with aggressive wildlife, please alert the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources office near you. If the encounter or sighting occurs after hours or on the weekend, please call your local police department or county sheriff’s office, who can contact a conservation officer to handle the situation.
Wild Aware Utah Program


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