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Mountain Lions (cougars, pumas or panthers) live in the western US, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America.


  • Don't hike, bike, or jog ALONE in lion territory
  • Don't plan outdoor activities during the hours from dusk to dawn
  • Avoid walking near dense growth, rock outcroppings, or under ledges
  • Avoid hiking when lions are most active—dawn, dusk, and at night.
  • Make a lot of noise when hiking so you won't surprise a lion.
  • Keep children close when hiking in mountain lion country; most mountain lion attacks are made against children.
  • Don't act afraid of a lion, if you encounter one
  • Never turn your back on a lion or run from it.
  • Talk or yell loudly and slowly back away, maintaining eye contact with the mountain lion.
  • Make loud, firm noises: You may even show your teeth and make snarling sounds
  • Make yourself look big (Raise jacket over your head
  • Use anything available as a weapon if the lion displays aggression, but *generally not if you must turn your back, crouch, kneel, or bend over to get one

Four Sightings July 1 - 10, 2012
Surviving a Mountain Lion Encounter
California cougar attacks

last updated 15 July 2006