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Cougars, also named mountain lions have increased their attacks on humans because they are protected, which results in some losing their fear of mankind. Also as the population of mountain lions increase they have to move closer to towns and cities, which increases the danger.
Mountain bike riders and hikers are at the biggest risk as they venture outdoors but there have been reports of attacks in backyards. The saying is that for every three hours you spend outdoors in cougar country you are seen by at least one cougar.

My home used to be in Oregon and was on the edge of the forest. When walking or hiking with my dog Spotty, she would alert me when something dangerous was near by heightened alertness and her hair raising on her back. If the danger came to close she would hightail it for home leaving me alone to face whatever danger was out there. I usually didn't stay to check it out but wouldn't be to far behind Spotty in racing for home. Spotty's alerts didn't always mean a cougar. One time she raced for home leaving me to face a big elk. The elk and I eyed each other for a bit as I edged around it while looking for any big trees I could dodge behind in case it decided...

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to charge me. However the elk was content to only watch me as I slowly made my way down the trail toward home.

Spotty would find cougar deer kills while we were out hiking and point them out to me. She liked to carry bones home from these kills to chew on later. I also found cougar tracks and would measure them by comparing them with the size with my hand. The tracks were really large and my hand could fit inside them.

Another sign of cougars in my area was the disappearance of the neighbor dogs. My dad's dog disappeared and I saw a sign up along the road offering a reward for their missing dog. I always kept Spotty in the house at night so she was safe.

Protection from Cougars

Cougars usually attack from the rear and like to ambush their prey. To keep safe avoid overhanging ledges and watch the large trees around you. If you confront a cougar look it in the eyes and use protection if you have too. Since they don't like to be confronted or stared at it would be a good idea to paint eyes on the back of your hat or shirt. You can also use eye stickers, which you will find on this page.
Also there are hats with animal faces on them that you can use to scare them away. Wear the hat backward to make it appear that you or something is watching your back.

If you meet a cougar stare it in the eyes and slowly edge away. Don't run or couch down as that behavior might invite it to attack. Think of how your cat responds to a fleeing mouse.

Since cougars are protected the DNR states that even if you are in danger you must not shoot them. However if you are being attacked and have a gun or firearms, use it. You can deal with the law later if you survive.
To avoid using a gun and bringing potential trouble on yourself there are other methods that work too. A Tazer or stun device should knock out a mountain lion and give you a chance to escape. Also the lion will want to bite you on the back of the neck to try to kill you as soon as possible. Looking like a bad rock star and wearing a spike collar should make it difficult for the animal to bite you there. Both tazers and spike collars are sold here and make good protection. Some of these tazers combine with a flashlight and loud siren that can scare then away too. Mountain lions hate a loud sound and will usually run from the sudden noise. Biker and hiker protection from mountain lions should always be considered when living in areas where cougars roam.

Susan Dietel
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