For those living in cougar country:
- Keep pets indoors or in secure kennels at night, and never leave pet
food or food scraps outside.
- Where practical, bring farm animals into enclosed sheds or barns at
- Closely supervise children playing outdoors, and make sure they are
indoors by dusk, when cougars are more active.
- Light walkways and remove heavy vegetation or landscaping near the
- Store garbage in secure containers so odors do not attract small
animals or other wildlife. Remember, predators follow prey.
For those hiking or recreating in cougar habitat:
- Hike in small groups and make enough noise to avoid surprising a
- Keep your camp clean and store food and garbage in double plastic
- Keep small children close to the group, preferably in plain sight
just ahead of you.
- Do not approach dead animals, especially deer or elk; they could
have been cougar prey left for a later meal.
For those who encounter a cougar:
- Stop, stand tall and don't run. Pick up small children. Don't run. A
cougar's instinct is to chase.
- Do not approach the animal, especially if it is near a kill or with
- Try to appear larger than the cougar. Never take your eyes off the
animal or turn your back. Do not crouch down or try to hide.
- If the animal displays aggressive behavior, shout, wave your arms
and throw rocks. The idea is to convince the cougar that you are not
prey, but a potential danger.
- If the cougar attacks, fight back aggressively and try to stay on
your feet. Cougars have been driven away by people who have fought back.