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Recreating in Mountain Lion Country

In mountain lion country, almost anywhere in Montana with deer or elk, there's no way to completely guarantee safety from a mountain lion attack. However, we can significantly reduce the chance of a lion incident by becoming knowledgeable of lion habits and behavior.

Do Not Hike Alone

Go in groups, with adults supervising children.

Keep Children Close to You

Observations of captured wild mountain lions reveal that the animals seem especially drawn to children. Keep children within your sight at all times.

Do not let pets run unleased
Minimize your recreation during dawn and dusk
Carry a deterrent device (bear pepper spray)

Know how to use it and keep it within easy reach. Learn more

Know how to behave if you encounter a mountain lion

Knowing what to do if you do encounter a mountain lion can reduce the potential for a conflict. Learn more