Each year mountain lions are spotted in many great outdoors locations throughout the country. Although it is not unusual to have a mountain lion sighting in the nation, it’s somewhat alarming when they are seen in highly trafficked areas, putting people and domestic animals at risk of being attacked.
Due to the forthcoming summer months when people tend to be out and about in the great outdoors, camping, hiking, fishing, etc., here is a refresher course on what to do if you come into contact with a mountain lion.
- Do not go into the nation alone. It’s ideal to bring a friend or at least a dog with you. Having a walking stick can also serve as some protection in case of an attack. Making plenty of noise while out will prevent you from sneaking up on an unknowing lion, which may lead them to attack.
Mountain lions seem to be especially drawn to little children. It is very important that you keep them close to you and within your website at all times.
- Don’t run away. Back away slowly, without losing eye contact with the mountain lion. Pick up your child without bending over.
- Make yourself appear as large as possible by raising your arms slowly. Do not bend over or crouch down to avoid looking like a four-legged animal. Throw rocks or sticks if they’re within reach and speak in a loud, firm voice.
- Never approach a lion. If you see one, follow the instructions above and give it a chance to escape.
Try to remain standing to prevent being bitten about the face or neck. Use any objects accessible to protect yourself, including a stick, hat, fishing pole, etc.. Lots of people have survived mountain lion attacks by fighting back.
If you site a mountain lion, or an animal carcass that could result from a lion kill, always contact your local Department of Fish and Game. Always be aware of your surroundings and that of your family, especially smaller children, when enjoying time in the wonderful outdoors.