Friday, 16 July 2010

You are in Cougar Country



Cougars are seldom seen inhabitants of the Olympic wilderness. Attacks on humans are rare. Few people will ever see a cougar, but if you do see one, the following suggestions can increase your chances of a safe experience.

PREVENT AN ENCOUNTER
Don't hike or jog alone. Keep children within sight and close to you. Avoid dead animals.
Keep a clean camp. Leave pets at home.
Be alert to your surroundngs. Use a walking stick.

IF YOU SEE A COUGAR
Don't run, it may trigger a cougar's attack instinct. Stand and face the cougar.
Appear large: wave your arms or a jacket above your head.
Pick up small children. Do not approach, back away slowly.
Keep eye contact.

IF A COUGAR BECOMES AGGRESSIVE
Don't turn your back. Remain standing. Don't take your eyes off the cougar.
Throw things. Shout Loudly. Fight back aggressively.

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