× How to Survive a Mountain Lion Encounter Frame 1: Avoid the urge to run, as it may trigger a mountain lion's attacking instinct. Frame 2: Make yourself appear as large as possible.  Use clothing, gear, and motion to increase your size. Frame 3: Create lots of loud noise.  Emergency whistles, radios, or simple shouts can help intimidate the mountain lion. Frame 4: Establish and maintain eye contact to help distinguish you from prey. Frame 5: Slowly create distance between you and the mountain lion. Back up while maintaining eye contact and making loud noises. Frame 6: Fight back if attacked. Use anything available as a weapon to defend yourself.

| April 15, 2016

Last updated: October 15, 2018

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How to Survive a Mountain Lion Encounter

mountain lion on the trail illustration diagram

Spotting large predators in the wild is a thrill for any hiker or outdoorsmen, but coming face-to-face with a 220-pound cat can turn a walk in the woods into a fight for your life. Also known as cougars in some parts of the country, mountain lions tend to attack when cornered, or when they believe you might be a reasonable piece of prey. The key to avoiding a deadly encounter on the trail starts with a calm reaction.

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Illustrated by Ted Slampyak