Cougar Safety Tips

  • NEVER APPROACH A COUGAR!
  • Don’t Jog, Hike or Walk by Yourself.
  • Don’t Jog, Hike or Walk at Dawn or Dusk.
  • Keep Children within Arms Reach when Hiking. Don’t Allow Children to run ahead on a trail.
  • Carry a Sturdy Walking Stick, Bear Spray and/or Air Horn.

 

If you encounter a cougar:

  • STOP… STAY CALM
  • DO NOT RUN!
  • Face the Cougar and Stand Tall
  • Immediately Pick Up Children and Calm Them
  • Open Jacket Or Lift a Backpack over Head to Appear Larger
  • Back Slowly Away
  • If Cougar Approaches - Throw Rocks, Sticks and Speak loudly
  • If Cougar Attacks - Fight Back!

 

If you live in the mountains and have seen cougars nearby, take extra precautions:

  • While Playing Outside, Stay with Your Children at all times
  • For very small children, build a play area outside that is enclosed on all sides and top by steel mesh
  • For small pets, build a run that is enclosed on all sides, including top by steel mesh or watch closely
  • Cougars usually don't consider humans prey.  They hunt small mammals, birds, deer and elk. The cougar is a carnivore - use common sense when living in cougar country to protect yourself and this magnificent cat.