Most Montanans live all their lives without a glimpse of a mountain lion, much less a confrontation with one. Many who have seen a lion describe the experience as catching a fleeting glimpse of something that is more shadow than reality.
Human encounters with lions are on the rise in states such as California and Colorado where housing is pushing into traditional lion habitat and increasing numbers of people are recreating in lion country. In Montana, human encounters with lions remain rare.
Wildlife managers have analyzed human/lion encounters in the past several years and identified some consistent lion behaviors and appropriate human responses that may reduce the duration and severity of a potential lion attack.
Attacks on humans by mountain lions are very rare, but it's still a good idea to be aware when recreating in the mountains in the West. Watch this video created by Colorado Division of Wildlife.
We can significantly reduce the chance of a lion incident by becoming knowledgeable of lion habits and behavior. [Learn more]
Knowing what to do if you do encounter a mountain lion can ensure it is an encounter instead of a conflict. [Learn more]
Lion biologists and outdoor educators encourage people recreating in Montana's lion country to carry and know how to use bear pepper spray in emergencies. [Learn more]
The more knowledge you have about living with mountain lions, their history in Montana, and their specific characteristics, the more comfortable and safe you will be in mountain lion country. [Learn more]