Friday, May 28, 2004

Cougars

-- Cougar Definition



COUGAR ENOUNTER GUIDE

·Never approach a cougar. Although cougars will normally avoid a confrontation, all cougars are unpredictable. Cougars feeding on a kill may be dangerous.

· Always give a cougar an avenue of escape.

· Stay calm. Talk to the cougar in a confident voice.

· Pick all children up off the ground immediately.
Children frighten easily and their rapid movements may provoke an attack.

· Do not run. Try to back away from the cougar slowly. Sudden movement or flight may trigger an instinctive attack.

· Do not turn your back on the cougar. Face the cougar and remain upright.

· Do all you can to enlarge your image. Don't crouch down or try to hide. Pick up sticks or branches and wave them about.

If a cougar behaves aggressively:

· Arm yourself with a large stick, throw rocks, speak loudly and firmly. Convince the cougar that you are a threat not prey.

· If a cougar attacks, fight back! Many people have survived cougar attacks by fighting back with anything, including rocks, sticks, bare fists, and fishing poles.
Cougars are a vital part of our diverse wildlife. Seeing a cougar should be an exciting and rewarding experience, with both you and the cougar coming away unharmed. However, if you do experience a confrontation with a cougar or feel threatened by one, immediately inform the nearest office of the Conservation Officer service.