If you live in an area
where mountain lions
have been sighted,
or in the vicinity of
where their tracks
have been confirmed,
and you encounter one,
do NOT imitate their prey by
"turning tail and running!"
At the very least,
carry a sturdy stick
with you and
slowly back away.
Cougars have attacked,
and in some cases killed, joggers and hikers.
There is at least
of a cougar
attacking a bicycle rider,
(From the March, 2011
issue of theMissouri Conservationist)
… follow these safety tips:
STOP. Back away slowly if you can do
so safely. Running may stimulate a lion’s instinct to chase and attack.
Face the lion, stand upright and maintain eye contact.
DO NOT APPROACH A MOUNTAIN
especially one that is feeding. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a
confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
STAY CALM. Talk to it in a calm yet firm
DO ALL YOU CAN TO APPEAR
your arms. Open your jacket if you’re wearing one. If you have small
children with you, protect them by picking them up so they won’t panic and
If the lion behaves
aggressively, THROW STONES, BRANCHES OR WHATEVER YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS
ON without crouching down or turning your back. Wave your arms slowly
and speak firmly. You want to convince the lion that you are not prey and
that you may, in fact, be a danger to it.
FIGHT BACK if a lion attacks. Mountain
lions have been driven away by prey that fights back. People have fought
back successfully with rocks, sticks, caps or jackets, garden tools and
bare hands. Remain standing or try to get back up.
Living With Large Carnivores - (March
20, 2012 - by Jeff Beringer - The
Missouri Conservationist) - Black
bears and mountain
lions are making their way back to Missouri.
While some of these animals are only passing through, others are likely here to
stay. Learning about our new neighbors is both interesting and important for safe interactions. -http://mdc.mo.gov/conmag/2012/04/living-large-carnivores
Mountain Lion In Southern Missouri Confirmed-
(Feb. 15, 2013 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Mountain lion
sightings are on the rise in Missouri, with the latest
in Carter County in the southern part of the state.
The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed a
mountain lion on the Peck Ranch Conservation Area. A motion-activated camera
took a picture of the animal on Feb. 2, showing the mountain lion walking away
from what officials say is the carcass of an elk.
The conservation department receives hundreds of calls
about mountain lion sightings but
has confirmed just 39 since 1994.
However, 27 of the confirmed sightings
have occurred since 2011.-http://tinyurl.com/c386mrd
Cougars likely to recolonize middle part of U.S.
within the next 25 years -
(November 6, 2015 - University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering
- ScienceDaily) - New research shows that cougars may repopulate
areas of Arkansas, Missouri and Nebraska in the next two decades.-http://tinyurl.com/pv2a7gu