If you see a mountain lion
Consider it a privilege, but Do not approach the lion.
- Keep in mind only 15% of all mountain lion sightings have been substantiated.
- Maintain eye contact.
- Do not turn your back or run as this may trigger their instinct to chase.Stay calm! Do not act like prey.
- Appear as big and threatening as possible.
- Never turn your back.Give the mountain lion room to run away. Do not corner it.
- Maintain eye contact and back away slowly if it's possible and safe to do so, or move to one side to give the cougar adequate room to leave.
- Pull children close to you and pick them up without crouching down.
- If the lion acts aggressively, throw rocks, sticks, water bottles, backpacks, and any heavy objects available to you without bending down.
- Speak loudly and firmly. Wave your arms and clap your hands above your head.
- Fight back if attacked targeting nose and eyes. Do not play dead or lie down.
- If you believe the encounter to be a valid public safety concern, report your sighting to your state and game agencies and any local wildlife organizations.