Every year mountain lions are seen in many amazing outdoors locations throughout the nation. Even though it is not uncommon to have a mountain lion sighting in the country, it’s somewhat alarming when they are seen in highly trafficked areas, putting people and domestic animals in danger of being attacked.
Because of the coming summer months when people tend 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’s ideal to bring a friend or at least a dog with you. Having a walking stick may also serve as some protection in the event of an attack. Making loads of noise while out will prevent you from sneaking up on an unknowing lion, which might cause them to attack.
Mountain lions seem to be particularly drawn to small children. It is very important that you keep them close to you and within your site 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 lifting your arms slowly. Do not bend over or crouch down to avoid looking like a four-legged creature. Throw rocks or sticks if they’re within reach and talk in a loud, firm voice.
* Never approach a lion. If you see one, follow the directions above and give it a chance to escape.
* If the mountain lion attacks, fight back. Try to remain standing to avoid being bitten about the neck or face. Use any objects accessible to protect yourself, including a stick, hat, fishing pole, etc.. Lots of individuals have survived mountain lion attacks by fighting back.
If you website 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 conscious of your surroundings and that of your family, especially small children, when enjoying time in the great outdoors.