Every year mountain lions are spotted in many great outdoors locations throughout the nation. Even though it’s 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 at risk of being attacked.
Due to the forthcoming 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 is ideal to bring a friend or at least a puppy 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.
* Keep children close to you. Mountain lions seem to be especially drawn to small children. It is imperative that you keep them near you and within your website at all times.
* Do not run away. Pick your child up without bending over. Do your best to stay upright, facing the lion.
* Make yourself appear as large as possible by lifting your arms slowly. Don’t bend over or crouch down to avoid looking like a four-legged creature. Throw rocks or sticks 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.
* If the mountain lion attacks, fight back. Try to remain standing to prevent being bitten about the neck or face. Use any objects available to protect yourself, such as a rod, hat, fishing rod, etc.. Lots of people 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 regional Department of Fish and Game or Pembroke Park Wildlife Removal. Always be aware of your environment and that of your family, especially smaller children, when enjoying time in the great outdoors.