View Full Version : Woman, 65, saves husband from mountain lion

01-26-2007, 10:36 AM
I wonder if those animal lovers will bar hikers from carrying DEADLY PENS so they don't hurt the animals, and yes even the ones that can kill a human! :eek: Wow, he's lucky to be alive! Check out the pic!



SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Wildlife officials on Thursday credited a woman with saving her husband's life by clubbing a mountain lion that attacked him while the couple hiked in a California state park.

Jim and Nell Hamm, who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next month, were hiking Wednesday in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, 60 miles south of the Oregon state line, when the lion pounced.

"He didn't scream. It was a different, horrible plea for help, and I turned around, and by then the cat had wrestled Jim to the ground," Nell Hamm said in an interview from the hospital.

Jim Hamm was recovering from a torn scalp, puncture wounds and other injuries.

After the attack, game wardens closed the park and released hounds to track the lion. They later shot and killed two lions found near the trail where the attack happened.

The carcasses were flown to a state forensics lab to determine if either animal had mauled the man.

Although the Hamms are experienced hikers, neither had seen a mountain lion before Jim Hamm was mauled, his wife said.

Nell Hamm said she grabbed a 4-inch-diameter log and beat the animal with it, but it would not release its hold on her husband's head.

"Jim was talking to me all through this, and he said, 'I've got a pen in my pocket and get the pen and jab him in the eye,"' she said.

"So I got the pen and tried to put it in his eye, but it didn't want to go in as easy as I thought it would."

When the pen bent and became useless, Nell Hamm went back to using the log. The lion eventually let go and, with blood on its snout, stood staring at the woman. She screamed and waved the log until the animal walked away.

"She saved his life, there is no doubt about it," said Steve Martarano, a spokesman for the Department of Fish and Game.

Nell Hamm, 65, said she was afraid to leave her dazed, bleeding husband alone, so the couple walked a quarter-mile to a trail head, where she gathered branches to protect them if more lions came around. They waited until a ranger came by and summoned help.

"My concern was to get Jim out of there," she said. "I told him, 'Get up, get up, walk,' and he did."

Jim Hamm, 70, was in fair condition Thursday. He had to have his lips stitched and underwent surgery for other lacerations on his head and body.

He told his wife he still wants to make the trip to New Zealand they planned for their anniversary, she said.

Nell Hamm warned people never to hike in the backcountry alone. Park rangers told the couple if Jim Hamm had been alone, he probably would not have survived.

"We fought harder than we ever have to save his life, and we fought together," she said.

01-27-2007, 5:58 AM
In another less retarded state they might have been carrying firearms for personal protection.

RW Dunn
01-27-2007, 6:27 AM
I don't care what park im in,i always carry between Gang bangers,sexual preds,and the wildlife.Its better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6

01-27-2007, 6:56 AM
I don't care what park im in,i always carry between Gang bangers,sexual preds,and the wildlife.Its better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6

And by park, you mean everywhere right?:D

Damn!:eek: He looks like she finished eating her sandwich first before she stopped to help him!

01-27-2007, 8:37 AM
When there was a hunting season on lions here in the state (pre 1990), one never heard of lion attacks. I believe lions have lost some of their fear of man because of it. Also, the irony is that when we did have a hunting season for the cats, the total kill was LESS than what is now killed annually via depredation permits and sanctioned kills like the two cats in the article.

M. Sage
01-27-2007, 9:11 AM
I've seen trails with signs posting the rules... among the rules "no weapons". That's a bit absolute... Pen = weapon, I guess. Naturally ocurring logs = weapons. I always ignore 'em. I don't bring a gun, but I've always got a knife.

01-27-2007, 11:53 PM
We should all hope to have such a loving strong partner. She should be the poster child for the Sierra club.

I have seen Lion out there at dusk while hunting. It is a hard thing to know your party is still in the woods and you cant shoot at the cats. We always have radios but it is more important that we are armed. They should be culled.

01-28-2007, 11:04 PM
He kinda looks like Michael Savage.. :eek:

01-29-2007, 9:06 AM
In the wilderness the laws of man are subserviant to the laws of nature, besides a my gun isn't a 'weapon' its a beautifull musical insturment.

01-29-2007, 9:15 AM
besides a my gun isn't a 'weapon' its a beautifull musical insturment.

I like that. LOL.. :D

01-29-2007, 12:34 PM
The newsbreak at the top of the hour just said this dude is getting worse, not better.

01-29-2007, 5:35 PM
That sucks. If he dies, his wife needs to back hunting season reinstatement of mountain lions.

Pray the poor dood lives.. :(