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When back country camping, how do you avoid being attacked by a mountain lion in your sleep?

If one looks at the list on Wikipedia of fatal attacks, one will notice that fatal cougar attacks are pretty rare. At least 20 people in North America were killed by cougars between 1890 and 2011, ...
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When back country camping, how do you avoid being attacked by a mountain lion in your sleep?

Since 2000 there are only 3 recorded death by cougar in North America and all of those were day time. wiki Cougar attacks are up but still rare on the west coast. Up in CA as partly because ...
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When back country camping, how do you avoid being attacked by a mountain lion in your sleep?

Cougars principally hunt at dawn and dusk. If you're small, don't be alone at those times of day. Regular sized adults are generally too big for a cougar to consider as prey. Avoid animal carcasses. ...
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When back country camping, how do you avoid being attacked by a mountain lion in your sleep?

I was backpacking with my nine-year-old daughter two years ago in Oregon near Mt. Hood. I awoke (in our tent) to the noise of a cougar walking around outside. I assumed it was a black bear and didn't ...
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Do mountain lions play with their food?

Fortunately, I cannot give you an answer based on first-hand experience or, unfortunately, even close personal observation. The two sources, (1) Balanced Ecology, Inc and (2) Defenders of Wildlife ...
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Are these prints in snow of a bobcat or cougar?

Based on your estimation of size, they're definitely cougar. Bobcat tracks should be half (or less) that size. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has a nice track comparison page 9with ...
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Solo-backpacking in mountain lion country

I often go solo backpacking in mountain lion country. I've had an encounter with one before. It was night and it was lurking around about 50 feet from my campsite. I noticed it after turning on my ...
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How to find and identify mountain lion tracks?

For assistance in identifying them, I've added some photos that I took. Here is a picture I took recently of a mountain lion track on a log that crossed a stream. The knife is 4.2" long, so the paws ...
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When back country camping, how do you avoid being attacked by a mountain lion in your sleep?

Cougars are as one would expect not afraid of any animal, being on the top of the food chain. Their one exception would be bears. Not even hunting or other disposal means will deter cougars from ...
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Is bear spray effective against other animals?

The other answers sum it up great for the most part: it will work on other mammals if you have a chance to use it. It's pretty strong stuff, and while I could imagine something like a bull elephant in ...
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If you hear a mountain lion screaming, how close is it?

There does not seem to be much information over the net on the distance one can hear a mountain lion, but I did find this little tidbit: The frightening puma scream is the long range call. It has ...
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How to estimate the size and or gender of a mountain lion from its tracks?

There are two things that can help one estimate the size, Size of the individual tracks themselves. The stride length (distance between tracks on the same size) The size of the tracks will stay the ...
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Will mountain lions eat wild horses?

Would they eat wild horses? Yes, and they do. Would they control their populations? No, not really. The fact that there were 30 - 60 million bison roaming North America before westerners came to the ...
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How are mountain lion populations estimated?

I honestly do not know for which individual species this method has been used, and in particular whether it has been used for Puma concolor, but a general method that is frequently used for population ...
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When back country camping, how do you avoid being attacked by a mountain lion in your sleep?

This source, List of fatal cougar attacks in North America suggests that you are probably safest from a cougar while sleeping. Of the seven adults killed by cougars in North America from 1990 ...
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Claw marks: Bear or cougar?

The photographer / hiker here. WA Fish and Wildlife (retired friend) indicated: bear, pulling sheets of bark aside to lick the sap. Seemingly common for this time of year in the PNW (this is Cascades ...
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Hiking and camping with medium size dog and keeping safe from mountain lions

Sorry, don't have any references handy. But from what I've read (including ranger stories), cougar attacks on humans are very rare. And from what was described as stalking, is just plain watching. ...
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How to find and identify mountain lion tracks?

The easiest time to find them is just after a fresh snowfall. Optimum conditions are enough snow for the tracks to be clearly visible without preventing one from driving back roads. The way people ...
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Where and how is it allowed to hunt cougars in the US?

Mountain lion hunting is legal in the western parts of the United States, with the exception of California. Regarding licenses and quotas, there are three types, Tags, with limited numbers availiable....
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Is there any statistical evidence that hunting reduces the likelihood of mountain lion attacks?

There are two things we have to keep in mind with this subject. If the cougar populations are in decline anywhere, this would seem to mean that cougar attacks would naturally also be in decline. But ...
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When back country camping, how do you avoid being attacked by a mountain lion in your sleep?

In 40 years of hiking in the wilderness, I have never seen a cougar/panther. but I have smelled bears close by. Bears are more common and can be more aggressive. Never have any food with you that can ...
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Hiking and camping with medium size dog and keeping safe from mountain lions

I doubt that there is anything about your body chemistry that is a cougar attractor. But, if you are a petite person, a lion will see you as easy prey. And, if the stalking occurred at dawn or dusk, ...
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Was the young cougar who attacked a runner recently in Colorado likely to have been old enough to live independently of its mother?

It probably was, as 50 lbs is way beyond the size at which they are weaned. However, mountain lion cubs will stay with the mom for up to 18 months. Female cougars probably begin leading their kittens ...
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Claw marks: Bear or cougar?

A black bear stripped the bark to eat it. Timber Damage by Black Bears
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Claw marks: Bear or cougar?

I first went to porcupines, as they tend to scrape and eat bark, but I've never seen damage with those deep groves; they tend to leave a finer, smaller pattern behind. Next I thought elk, but they ...
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Do male mountain lions kill their own kittens?

TLDR: They will kill unrelated kittens, and may not be able to tell the difference. Females usually do not allow the male to approach the kittens as he may kill them because he does not recognize ...
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Hiking and camping with medium size dog and keeping safe from mountain lions

Generally speaking, the most legal proof solution is to hike in a group and or with a dog. While really small dogs do get preyed on by mountain lions from time to time, the dogs used for treeing ...
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Will mountain lions eat wild horses?

More than 1 study determined cougars do control wild horse populations in the Great Basin region. https://wildlife.org/jwm-cougars-prey-on-feral-horses-in-the-great-basin/ Horses do not harm the ...
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What animals have paw prints similar to a mountain lion such that the absence or presence of claw marks are the most reliable distinguishing feature?

The answer is members of the dog family of animals as they are the other type of animals with paws that a similar in size wolves coyotes (have to be a really big coyote or very small mountain lion) ...
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Is there any statistical evidence that hunting reduces the likelihood of mountain lion attacks?

I can only speak from living in my geological area, thick forest near Lake Tahoe California. Here in Ca, hunting lions is not allowed. I personally love these creatures. I've camped all over this ...
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