Thursday, October 28, 2004
Big game hunters, who often disguise their human scent and dress in hunter orange and camouflage colors, are likely to encounter a variety of wildlife on the hunt, including mountain lions.
Hunters who take note and report these sightings during FWP's post-season hunter harvest surveys, are important participants in ongoing research to learn more about mountain lion populations, their locations and numbers.
While many hunters report seeing a mountain lion while hunting, attacks on hunters are nearly non-existent. Seasoned hunters know, if they see a mountain lion, to give it room and allow it to move on. In most cases, if a lion is visible to a hunter it is because the lion didn't catch the hunter's scent, or camouflage clothing masked the hunter effectively.
Here are some additional tips for hunters who may encounter a lion while big game hunting.
* Slowly back away while maintaining eye contact.
* Do not run, do not turn your back.
* Be vocal and talk calmly and regularly.
* Appear larger than you are by raising your arms or your jacket above your head.