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Big Game Hunters And Mountain Lion Encounters

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Thu Oct 28 00:00:00 MDT 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.