Every year mountain lions are seen in many amazing outdoors locations throughout the nation. Although it is not uncommon to have a mountain lion sighting in the country, it is somewhat alarming when they are spotted in highly trafficked areas, putting people and domestic animals at risk of being attacked.
Because of the coming summer months when people are inclined to be out and about in the great outdoors, camping, hiking, fishing, etc., here’s a refresher course on what to do if you come into contact with a mountain lion.
- Do not go in the country alone. It is ideal to bring a friend or at least a puppy with you. Having a walking stick can also function as some protection in the event of an attack. Making loads of noise while outside will prevent you from sneaking up on an unknowing lion, which might cause them to attack.
Mountain lions appear to be especially drawn to little children. It is imperative that you keep them near you and within your website at all times.
- Don’t run away. Pick up your child without bending over. Do your best to stay upright, facing the lion.
- Make yourself appear as large as possible by lifting your arms slowly. Do not bend over or crouch down to avoid looking like a four-legged creature. Throw sticks or rocks 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 avoid being bitten about the face or neck. Use any objects available to protect yourself, such as 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 be attributed to a lion kill, always contact your local Department of Fish and Game. Always be aware of your environment and that of your loved ones, especially smaller children, when enjoying time in the wonderful outdoors.