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March 27, 2015

Strange But True!

Q. How does Boone Smith use the age-old dog-hates-cat relationship to catch some of the world's biggest felines — for their protection and ours?

A. Smith, a professional cat-handler, remembers how as a kid in Idaho, he and his father and grandfather would “let the hounds go,” watching them send any intruding mountain lions jumping up a tree, says Jen Doll in Mental Floss magazine. He uses dogs in his current work, where they pick up the scent and make a lot of scary noises that by instinct send the cats zipping up a nearby tree. Smith then climbs the tree and secures the cat so it doesn't fall, afterward tranquilizing and collaring it and taking a blood sample.

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