Every year mountain lions are spotted in many great outdoors locations throughout the country. Although it is not uncommon to have a mountain lion sighting in the country, it is somewhat alarming when they are spotted in highly trafficked areas, putting people and domestic animals at risk of being attacked. Keep yourself and your family safe by knowing your mountain lion safety skills.
Mountain Lions – The Beauty, the Danger
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Elizabeth_Smith]Elizabeth Smith
Every year mountain lions are spotted in many great outdoors locations throughout the country. Although it is not uncommon to have a mountain lion sighting in the country, it is somewhat alarming when they are spotted in highly trafficked areas, putting people and domestic animals at risk of being attacked.
Due to the coming summer months when people tend to be out and about in the great outdoors, camping, hiking, fishing, etc., here is a refresher course on what to do if you come into contact with a mountain lion.
* Do not go into the country alone. It is best to bring a friend or at least a dog with you. Having a walking stick can also serve as some protection in the event of an attack. Making plenty of noise while out will prevent you from sneaking up on an unknowing lion, which may cause them to attack.
* Keep children close to you. Mountain lions seem to be especially drawn to small children. It is imperative that you keep them close to you and within your site at all times.
* Do not run away. Back away slowly, without losing eye contact with the mountain lion. Pick up your child without bending over. Do your best to stay upright, facing the lion. Running may stimulate the lion’s natural instinct to chase and attack.
* Make yourself appear as large as possible by raising your arms slowly. Do not bend over or crouch down to avoid looking like a four-legged animal. Throw rocks or sticks if they are within reach and speak in a loud, firm voice.
* Never approach a lion. If you see one, follow the instructions above and give it a chance to escape.
* If the mountain lion attacks, fight back. Try to remain standing to avoid being bitten about the face or neck. Use any objects available to protect yourself, such as a stick, hat, fishing pole, etc. Many people have survived mountain lion attacks by fighting back.
If you site a mountain lion, or an animal carcass that could be attributed to a lion kill, always contact your local Department of Fish and Game. Always be aware of your surroundings and that of your family, especially small children, when enjoying time in the great outdoors.
Elizabeth Smith is the owner/webmaster of [http://www.advancedwebmanagement.com]Advanced Web Management, an online web program management business. Liz manages several popular websites, such as ModernSage.com and AGirlNamedGuy.com Liz also enjoys freelance writing on a variety of topics, her favorite being anything pertaining to the Great Outdoors!
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