If you find yourself about to get mixed up in a mountain lion attack, here’s how to get out alive.
One of my greatest fears in life, outside of being eaten by a shark, is being eaten by a big cat. To make matters worse, North America’s biggest cat, the mountain lion, has been known to attack and kill a few people a year. And, just to make you feel a little better, most people who are involved in a mountain lion attack just get severely injured! So, you know, at least that’s encouraging.
If you happen to find yourself strolling down a wooded path and get the feeling you are about to become the next mountain lion attack statistic, here’s what to do about it.
Stand Your Ground
First off, again, the chances of being attacked by a mountain lion are pretty slim. However, should the incident occur, the most important piece of advice is to never run away. If you start to run, you will trigger the predator-and-prey relationship. It’s pretty much all over from there.
Next, do your best to stare it down just like Sam Jackson. Predator animals aren’t used to facing confrontation from a prey animal. By staring that big cat down, you are sending a very clear message you aren’t kitty kibble and are probably more dangerous than it is.
If the mountain lion is still looking you up and down, it’s time to kick things up a notch. Try to make yourself look like something it doesn’t want to mess with. Wave your arms around, scream at it aggressively, try to grab a stick or a rock and wave it around. If nothing else, it will think you are crazy, and crazy is bigger than big in any fight. Just make sure you don’t turn your back on it. That would give the cat the green light it’s waiting for.
Protect Your Neck
In the event of the actual mountain lion attack, don’t worry; luck is on your side. There’ve only been around 20 mountain lion fatalities in the past 100 years, so odds are you won’t be one of them. However, do every single thing you can to protect your neck. That is the part of the body it wants, and when it gets that part of your body, it gets you.
As I wrote above, being eaten by a cat would be one of the worst ways to go. Therefore, I usually carry some sort of self-defense mechanism that fires bullets at a much faster rate that I can throw a rock. Hopefully, I’ll be able to see it coming. Otherwise, I have no doubt that it would just be ugly.