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    Cougars

    Over the past two decades I've noticed warning signs about mountain lions at National Forest/Parks trailheads.
    A ranger I asked told me it was for liability issues---if a cougar caused injury, consider yourself forewarned.
    Personally. I've only seen one mountain lion in the wild and heard local accounts of only a couple more.
    Not too terribly concerning really, but then over the past two years there have been quite a few in urban coastal areas,
    Then this goes viral:


    Be careful out there!
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    I once was attacked by a goose. It didn't like me taking its picture. Be careful out there.

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    That's it..keeeeeeeep backing away like you're prey and make wuffing sounds like a startled deer....just keep doing that....attaboy....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne View Post
    That's it..keeeeeeeep backing away like you're prey and make wuffing sounds like a startled deer....just keep doing that....attaboy....
    What are you suppose to do? I would have thrown those big rocks at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kasaian View Post
    Good info if you see the cougar. They are lightening fast and when hunting most often attack from the rear. That's what concerns me!
    I agree, very concerning!

    That Cougar Safety Brochure (PDF above) is so full of good tips not already mentioned in this thread, I thought I’d make the first part of it more visible below. Keep in mind these tips don’t necessarily apply to other potentially dangerous animals, such as grizzlies or mountain goats. Depending on the animal, one’s behavior might need to be very different than the suggestions below.

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    (Source: Olympic National Park, Wash. State)

    You Are in Cougar Country! Cougars are large, seldom seen inhabitants of the Olympic wilderness. Like any wild animal, they can be dangerous. Attacks on humans are rare, but can occur. To most visitors, glimpsing a cougar in the wild is thrilling. Though few people will ever see a cougar, if you do see one, the following suggestions can increase your chances of a safe encounter.

    Preventing An Encounter
    Don’t hike or jog alone
    Keep children within sight & close to you
    Avoid dead animals
    Keep a clean camp
    Leave pets at home
    Be alert to your surroundings
    Use a walking stick

    If You Meet a Cougar
    Don’t run, it may trigger a cougar’s attack instinct
    Stand and face it
    Pick up children
    Appear large, wave arms or jacket over your head
    Do not approach, back away slowly
    Keep eye contact

    If Cougar is Aggressive
    Don’t turn your back or take your eyes off it
    Remain standing
    Throw things
    Shout loudly
    Fight back aggressively

    Please report all cougar sightings to the nearest ranger station or park headquarters, 600 East
    Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362, (360) 565-3000, or dial 911 in an emergency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heroique View Post
    I agree, very concerning!
    ...

    Please report all cougar sightings to the nearest ranger station or park headquarters, 600 East
    Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362, (360) 565-3000, or dial 911 in an emergency.

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    Do you call Park Headquarters during or after the sighting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Klein View Post
    What are you suppose to do? I would have thrown those big rocks at it.
    First of all, don't approach the damn kitty. Second of all, and most importantly, stand your ground and don't back away. Those 2 alone probably would have ended the encounter with 99.999% certainty. Third of all, stop taking videos. I only watched the first 60 seconds, I couldn't bear 5 more minutes of whatever stupidity happened (unnecessarily) after that...

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    I was going to post my photo of a cougar, but her husband threatened to sue me if I did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Graves View Post
    I was going to post my photo of a cougar, but her husband threatened to sue me if I did.
    You can attract them with a bottle of chardonnay... ;-)

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    Re: Cougars

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Graves View Post
    I was going to post my photo of a cougar, but her husband threatened to sue me if I did.
    I was wondering how long it would take someone to go there!

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