Mountain Lions on the Move

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Mountain lion sightings are becoming more common here, and I'm sure in other areas too. How can you minimize the chance of being attacked by one? Here are some tips:

1. Always hike with one or more friends. Mountain lions are less likely to attack a group.
2. Mountain lions often stash their kills for later. If you happen upon a dead animal, leave the area immediately. If it was left there, the mountain lion will defend it.
3. Most people think taking your dog with you will prevent an attack. Not true. In fact, dogs can attract mountain lions.
4. If you come across mountain lion kittens, leave the area. I know they're cute, but their mama won't hesitate to protect them.
5. If you have children with you on a hike, keep them in the middle or front of the group. And don't ever let them wander off the hiking path alone.
6. Never run. Never turn your back on a mountain lion.
7. Keep constant eye contact.
8. Make loud noises, wave your hands, strike two sticks together and any thing else to make a racket.

If you are attacked, there are some things you can do:

1. Do not play dead. Many people think this is what they should do. Don't do it.
2. Protect your neck with your arms and hands, or if you have a pack on, use that.
3. Fight back with a stick, your hands, legs or anything else you have at your disposal. Throwing large rocks can work.
4. Bear spray! Yup, bear spray can work too so always have some with you.

There you go. Some tips to stay safe. Mountain lion attacks on humans are rare, but it's best to always be prepared. =]:)

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