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How to Avoid an Attack by a Mountain Lion

  • Posted on Mar 18, 2019

Most of us have probably seen on the news about the rise in attacks on humans by mountain lions. And particularly in recent months, there has been an increase in sightings of mountain lions roaming in and around more urban areas. So when you’re taking refuge in your survivalist camps or organizing your doomsday prep gear, it can be worth knowing a little bit about these wild animals and how you can prevent being attacked by one.

Mountain lions, also known as cougars, pumas and panthers, have one of the greatest ranges of any land mammal in the Western Hemisphere, stretching mostly across the western United States and into South America. However, you could potentially come across a mountain lion pretty much anywhere in the US, from sea level up to 10,000 feet.

The females can weigh anywhere from around 65 pounds up to around 90 pounds and measure up to 7 feet long. The males, on the other hand can be much larger, often measuring over 8 feet in length and weighing around 130 to 150 pounds.

The bulk of their diet is made up of deer, so wherever you find deer, you may also find mountain lions. So when thinking about your Dday prep, keep in mind that you may well have to deal with mountain lions at some stage, whether you’re hunting, hiking or setting up your survivalist camp.

Mountain lions can be extremely dangerous and can attack you so it’s important you know how to prevent an attack in the first place.

If you can, always try to stay in a group with other people. A mountain lion will generally not approach if there are a lot of people. Children can be particularly vulnerable, however, and shouldn’t be left alone or unsupervised if there are mountain lions in the area. Pets should also be kept under supervision, as domestic animals can be ideal targets for these big cats.

If a mountain lion approaches you, you should try to appear larger with your arms out to your sides or above you and remain standing. Try to resist the urge to run, as these cats will instinctively chase you. Make noise and move slowly but try not to corner the lion – try to give it room to escape.

Mountain lions have incredible eyesight and hearing, which lets them hunt during dusk and dawn. Their sense of smell is not spectacular so they technically shouldn’t be drawn to your camp by smell.

As mountain lions are increasingly coming into our residential areas and becoming less afraid of humans, it’s important to know about their behavior so you can avoid coming into conflict with them.

Another thing you can do is to set up camp in a more open area, with less plants and hiding places. This can deter the lion as there is more chance of it being seen. It can also be a good idea to prevent deer from coming too close to your camp by removing any non-native plants that deer might like to eat. If you attract deer, you’re likely to attract mountain lions.

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