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April 15, 2016 Last updated: October 15, 2018

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