[pct-l] mountain lions

Fuzz McPherson fuzzmcpherson at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 3 10:21:21 CDT 2009

>From what I've heard too, Keith's view on it is pretty accurate except there are some attacks that are much bolder than what might be expected.  
There was a woman on a mountain bike sometime in the past couple of years I believe who was attacked in Socal.  Here in Oregon I heard of an attack that happened after the fairly large man saw the cougar watching him.  The man stood his ground, looked big and all of that, yelled even, but the cougar attacked anyway.  The man fought off the cougar with his gun.  Why he didn't shoot I have no idea!!!!


--- On Fri, 4/3/09, Keith Robertson <surferkeith at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

From: Keith Robertson <surferkeith at sbcglobal.net>
Subject: [pct-l] mountain lions
To: pct-l at backcountry.net
Date: Friday, April 3, 2009, 10:26 AM

I hike regularly in SoCal and yes, there are plenty of mountain lions in the mountains and even some parts of the deserts here. There have been a few attacks over the years but they usually involve a small child that can be seen as easy prey for a mountain lion. If I'm hiking alone, I stop occasionally and listen to what may be around me. Being aware is the best defense and if you are confronted, make yourself as big as possible. Hiking poles will help make you appear super human and a full pack will reinforce that image. Generally, mountain lions are reclusive and most likely more afraid of you than vice-versa. 


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