May 13, 2018

Man-eaters of Kumaon

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I read this some decades ago while I was in the army. Even then I couldn't put it down. At the time what impressed me was that movement in an area where a maneater was operating required care and planning similar to a small unit patrol in a hostile area.


I was delighted when my wife found it in a box from our recent move. Once again I've been staying up too late reading this book. Now I'm seeing Corbet as an incredibly observant woodsman. He has an intimate knowledge of his quarry and how to stalk it. His use of the cries of the "jungle folk", as he terms the other animals in the area, to stalk the tiger is something that fascinates me.


Anyone else have thoughts on this book? It was the first real "hunting" book I ever read and it continues to impress on rereading it.

Jun 9, 2018

This one is unknown to me, I shall search Amazon for it.


When I built a hunting camp in the wilderness of far northern Mozambique two years ago it was on the crossroads of two ancient slave routes in fact where the sick lame and lazy were left to die. That still is a favourite hang out for lion.


Not knowing what the crux of the story is in this book, of course, my own opinion is that the thinking around what a "man-eater" is possibly needs some rethinking. ALL lion will be man-eaters if man happens to be an easy and abundant food source. If the easy and abundant food source is cattle then they will leave Cape buffalo alone because cattle do not fight back.

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