We were asked what should I do if I encounter a mountain lion will hiking or scouting. Well there a some key things that could save your life
From AZ fish and Game Dept…
“Do not run from a mountain lion: Running may stimulate a mountain lion’s instinct to chase. Instead, stand and face the animal. Make eye contact. If there are small children there, pick them up if possible so they don’t panic and run. Although it may be awkward, pick them up without bending over or turning away from the mountain lion.
- Do not crouch or bend over: A person squatting or bending over looks a lot like a four-legged prey animal. When in mountain lion country, avoid squatting, crouching or bending over, even when picking up children.
- Appear larger: Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you are wearing one. Again, pick up small children. Throw stones, branches, or whatever you can reach without crouching or turning your back. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice. The idea is to convince the mountain lion that you are not prey and that you may be a danger to it.
- Fight back if attacked: Many potential victims have fought back successfully with rocks, sticks, caps, jackets, garden tools and their bare hands. Since a mountain lion usually tries to bite the head or neck, try to remain standing and face the attacking animal.”
Some of our experts gave us some more info on the matter…. From Mountaineering Books.com
If the cougar is withinÂ 50 yards and is intensely staring and makingÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â an effort to hide or conceal itself:
- Do all of the above.
- Make yourself look bigger appear as aggressive as possible. Raise your hands overhead.
- Attempt to move to safety. Donât run, but if thereâsÂ a safer location nearby,Â move toward it slowly while facing and watchingÂ the cougar. Try to get on higher groundÂ than the cougar.
If the cougar is staring intensely and trying to hide, combined withÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â crouching and/or creeping toward you:
Throw things at theÂ cougar if itâs close enough without bending over to pick things up.
- Â Show the cougar your teeth. Be very aggressive .
- Yell, shout, and make intimidating noises, many experts say if you can bark like a dog often works well. Your goal is to convince the cougar that you are treat and not prey.
If a cougar is staringÂ intensely, with its tail twitching, body lowÂ to the ground/crouching, and ears erect, theÂ cougar is waiting for a chance to attack. IfÂ Â the cougarâs rear legs are also pumping or moving up and down and its ears are turnedÂ fur side forward, an attack is imminent:
- Do all of the above.
- Launch a preemptive Â strike by taking aggressive action towardÂ the cougar.
- If you have a weapon,Â Â use it. If you have a tree branch or walkingÂ Â tick, quickly run toward the cougar and shoveÂ the stick in its face. If you donâtÂ Â have a stick, yell and run toward the cougarÂ with your hands overhead but stop before youâreÂ Â within reach of its paws.
If a cougar attacks andÂ makes contact:
- Fight for your life.Â Â Use any weapon available: camera, binoculars,Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a knife, a fishing pole, or your fists. DirectÂ your blows to the cougarâs eyeâs, nose, ears, and face.
- If a cougar attacksÂ a child, adults should attempt to fight theÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â cougar off by any means possible, includingÂ bare hands. It has worked, and the cougarÂ Â Â rarely turns on its assailant.
- If a cougar attacksÂ Â and injures a child, then retreats a shortÂ distance after being driven off, guard theÂ Â child and watch the cougar carefullyâcougarsÂ have been known to return again and again,Â focused entirely on the child.