Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mountain Lions in Pine Valley

A mountain lion has been caught on camera at a deer feeding station recently in the valley. Also known as cougars or pumas, these cats prefer areas with tree cover, rocky outcroppings and boulder fields—sounds like a description of Pine Valley, right? So there are probably others around, but they just don't let us see them. They are usually very reclusive and will go to great lengths to avoid other creatures including humans. For those of us who like to hike, it is suggested that we hike with others. If by chance a mountain lion is encountered, usually making a lot of noise will make them run. If not, do things to look as big as possible, wave your arms, open your jackets, etc. If one approaches, fight back with rocks sticks or even your hands. Don’t play dead or bend over because it makes you look small. Especially don’t run since that invokes the chase instinct. Attacks on humans are very rare, but mountain lions will prey on any small animals so it would be wise to keep an eye on your family pets.

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