The odds of running into a cougar in the wild are extremely small, even in areas where they are in significant numbers. They tend to shy away from people; however, they are attracted by "small prey" and that can mean "small pets" or "little people".
If you see a cat and it is moving away from you, there is probably little reason for concern. However, if the cat is showing any interest in you at all, take notice. It's true that they become curious about people and sometimes follow them around just to learn more; but the only safe assumption is that it's looking at you as a possible meal. If it's moving toward you, circling to get around or behind you, or is staring at you with a fixed gaze, WATCH OUT!
Unlike many animals, a mountain lion will not attack a human to protect its territory. If it attacks you, it's intent is to make you a snack. The good news, though, is that unlike many animals, A MOUNTAIN LION CAN BE FOUGHT OFF! BE AGGRESSIVE! USE ANYTHING TO FIGHT OFF THE CAT! Jackets and even baseball caps have been used to fend off attacking cats. ANYTHING YOU CAN DO THAT SURPRISES THE CAT GIVES YOU A BETTER CHANCE OF BEATING IT OFF!
LEGAL NOTE: Only you are responsible for yourself in mountain lion country. This site assumes no responsibility for ensuring that anything offered here will work in fending off a cat attack. This information is intended to be advisory in nature and is offered as a public service. The information is compiled using several sources, including the author's own limited experience in dealing with the cats.
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