Encountering a Cat
Big cats are extremely smart, and it’s highly likely that by the time you spot one it has already been stalking you for the past hour. However, it is extremely rare for a mountain lion to interact with people. They are much more likely to stalk a single person than a group, and more likely to attack small kids than adults. Keep your pets close because they will go after dogs. Although they are hard to spot if they don’t want to be seen, you can keep an eye out for tracks, droppings, and claw marks on trees to let you know if there is something in the area.
Much like bears, it is great to be noisy while hiking as to not accidently startle a big cat. If you happen to spot one, stay calm, do not run, and do not turn your back. Instead face the animal and talk firmly while backing away and maintaining eye contact. If it does not flee, make yourself look as large as you can, make noise, bare your teeth and throw anything available. Never corner one, or make it feel trapped, and always make sure it has an escape route before you intimidate it into fleeing.