[pct-l] Mountain lion vs. backpacker statistics

Josh 559josh at gmail.com
Fri Apr 3 16:09:10 CDT 2009

Slightly off topic, but I think some will find it interesting & anyone
hiking might be able to use the knowledge:
I was doing a lil online reading on Cougars & came across the link
below...most of the info is duplicated all over the internet...BUT near the
bottom of the page (just above the Citations at the very bottom) there are
several links to Recorded Cougar SOUNDS:

Just wish someone would have removed all of the background noise before
uploading those WAV files. :(


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From: pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:pct-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
On Behalf Of mark v
Sent: Friday, April 03, 2009 1:48 PM
To: pct-l at backcountry.net
Subject: [pct-l] Mountain lion vs. backpacker statistics

The whole discussion got me curious enough to do some research.  In this
century, in the United States, documented, there have been only 3 injuries
to adult hikers occurring from mountain lion attacks.  One was in Prairie
Creek Redwoods State Park in CA (not on the PCT), one was in Big Bend NP in
Texas, and the other was above Taos, NM.  No deaths.  

Mind you, there have been plenty of people attacked in other circumstances.
Out walking dogs, trail-running, biking.  Children are most at risk.
Vancouver Island is most at risk.  In the 1990s, Cuyamuca State Park (not
far from the PCT in Section A) had attacks.  Lots of stalkings and initial
charges, especially in Arizona, Colorado, and outside of LA and SF.   But
for adult hikers and backpackers since 2000, 3 attacks, none on the PCT, no

Happy hiking, and keep your guns off the trail, thanks.

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