Recently there was a news article about a Colorado jogger who was attacked by a mountain lion and killed the mountain lion with their hands (ie, no weapon).
What are the effective ways, with no weapons, to defend against a large cat?
Are there anatomical differences which create vulnerabilities for large cats?
The solo backpacking question does not address the specific questions I listed.
I talked with a friend who is a surgical vet, and he thought going for thumbs in eyes, and then thumbs on the trachea would be a good first line strategy. This strategy will result in bites but if administered early in an attack, risk is somewhat mitigated.
Another friend, who was a special forces member, killed several dogs, but had weapons (in one case just a stick which was used to smash the skull). He is intrigued and researching the matter.
I was able to find an article which talked about the anatomical vulnerabilities of dogs, as well as their instincts. But that didn't address cats.
I am not looking for hiking advice, I am asking about killing predatory cats with bare hands. In the instance mentioned, it has been released that the victim was able to suffocate the cat. There is no mention of blinding her.
I will probably edit this out later, but on my property I have had large cats, and seen them. One paced a neighbor out for his morning jog. I have also had feral dogs, which I and others encountered, and I eliminated.