A hiker and a Cougar 2

only interesting the first 30 seconds.

Hope he’s going away. :smirk_cat:

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The advice they give at Big Bend NP with cougars is to throw rocks, yell, and make yourself look big and threatening. That guy didn’t do any of the above. The cougar didn’t seem to actually be interested in attacking, or else it would have attacked, right? Maybe just trying to chase the guy off from something (like cougar kittens or a fresh kill).

In the event that you encounter an aggressive mountain lion:

  • Do not run. A mountain lion’s attack instincts are triggered by running.
  • Keep children close, do not let them run ahead while hiking.
  • Maintain eye contact, and never turn away from the lion.
  • Stand up straight, with arms above your head in order to appear larger.
  • Back away very slowly in case the lion is guarding a kill or her den.
  • If the lion approaches, throw rocks or sticks and yell at the animal.
  • If the lion does attack, fight back.

Carry a can full of rocks. Bears only attack you if you happen upon them and startle them.

Cougars…yeah well…get your will in order.

Coming home one day, we noticed a helicopter over and behind our home on Black Mountain in Rancho Bernardo. Going into the backyard to see what was up, we saw a mountain biker down below holding his bike over his head trying to look large for the mountain lion staring him down. Fortunately, the copter scared the lion off.

Dan I have heard of sightings in Carlsbad and Vista not even mentioning Fallbrook.

After moving to Carlsbad, the sightings of mountain lions and various other critters went way down. I saw a few whales though from my front porch.

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