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    Africa Fire Controversy: Some say people should not build a fire in the african plains because LIONS are somewhat attracted or curious about the fire and when a LION is curious they check it out and some say building a fire keeps LIONS away WHAT DO YOU THINK???


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    I have no experience in Africa, but will be interested in hearing your experience, or that of other members of the forum
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    We do have one member on here from South Africa. He will be your best source of information on the subject. As for me, a night in the hotel on the African plains would eliminate the worry of lions altogether.

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    Hmmmm....I don't know. Toilet paper, on the other hand...
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    If she has that big cat is gonna go...."Oh man. Will you look at that! What's the matter with you?! Folks live around here. Do I crap in YOUR living room?!"

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    can we bring marshmallows ?

    there was a tv special where lions ( all big cats ) are afraid of flaming marshmallows on a stick

    especially if the marshmallows are being waved around by a raving lunatic
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    I am curious to know what the answer is to this question, I always thought all animals were born with a fear or instinct that "fire is bad stay away".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian-guerilla View Post
    can we bring marshmallows ?

    there was a tv special where lions ( all big cats ) are afraid of flaming marshmallows on a stick

    especially if the marshmallows are being waved around by a raving lunatic
    Thats good to know. Now All i need is a lion to test that theories
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    See its a real controversy imagine if you are a Lion in africa and you see a bright light or something and you curiosity will kick in and you'll find out what is the light/fire and what just welderguy said that ......"all animals were born with a fear or instinct that "fire is bad stay away".
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    I don't know about lions but the "Big "cat in my house likes the fire in the fireplace.

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    i have no first-hand experience, and only limited knowledge of lion behavior, but like many large predators, they seem to sometimes loose what trepidation they have of humans if they associate human behavior with the availability of food. i bet money that a given lion who has gotten the better of a lone traveler by fireside could learn to associate camp-fires with a free meal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canid View Post
    i have no first-hand experience, and only limited knowledge of lion behavior, but like many large predators, they seem to sometimes loose what trepidation they have of humans if they associate human behavior with the availability of food. i bet money that a given lion who has gotten the better of a lone traveler by fireside could learn to associate camp-fires with a free meal.
    Ah good point, I wouldnt have thought of that association.
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    Quote Originally Posted by welderguy View Post
    Ah good point, I wouldnt have thought of that association.
    Kinda like Yogi, and a picanic basket.

    Yeah, I know Yogi is a bear, but I'd think the same principles apply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2dumb2kwit View Post
    Kinda like Yogi, and a picanic basket.

    Yeah, I know Yogi is a bear, but I'd think the same principles apply.
    well I guess so if the lion is yogi and the the person is the pik a nik basket then yes I see the analogy
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    Quote Originally Posted by phenigma View Post
    Africa Fire Controversy: Some say people should not build a fire in the african plains because LIONS are somewhat attracted or curious about the fire and when a LION is curious they check it out and some say building a fire keeps LIONS away WHAT DO YOU THINK???
    What controversy? What people?
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    Not all animals are afraid of fire.It has been documented that Rhino will attack a camp and stamp out a fire,but most predators will stay away from fire,only coming closer when the fire has burned down to coals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Born2Late View Post
    Not all animals are afraid of fire.It has been documented that Rhino will attack a camp and stamp out a fire,but most predators will stay away from fire,only coming closer when the fire has burned down to coals.
    What, Smokey The Rhino?
    I guess if I was to head into lion territory, I would defer to the local experts, as to whether or not to have a fire.
    I'm thinking that I would rather have one than not, but thats just me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phenigma View Post
    Africa Fire Controversy: Some say people should not build a fire in the african plains because LIONS are somewhat attracted or curious about the fire and when a LION is curious they check it out and some say building a fire keeps LIONS away WHAT DO YOU THINK???
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    You just watch, Kevin. Next month you'll be giving a tour outside Pretoria and you'll be thinking, "Man! I sure with I would have paid more attention to that fire thread."

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