Dogs attract mountain lions

Hiking and camping with medium-sized dogs and protection from mountain lions

I doubt anything about your body chemistry is a puma attractor. But if you're a petite person, a Leo will see you as easy prey. And if the stalk was in the morning or evening light, you know that this is the best time to hunt for pumas.

A reference I can't find now was advising people not to hike in a group of fewer than three in puma land. The source cited statistics for California indicating that cougars avoid groups of three. Of course, there are so few puma encounters that the statistics show large error bars.

They want to know how you do can stop Cougars to attract , and not how you react, when attacked . So I'm not going to go into how to defend against a cougar attack.

If you are hiking in a group of three, and especially if each person has a dog, cougars should give you a wide berth. Wild animals have good reason to avoid encounters that could injure them - there is no 911 for animals to call.

If you don't want to hike in a group, my suggestion is to investigate the areas where you have been tracked by contacting the appropriate authorities. Describe what happened when and where, and ask if your experience was unusual, and if so, what did they attribute to your persecution. They know the area and maybe even individual pumas. Your experience may be local in space (a smaller area with one or more Problem Pumas) or local in time (the Problem Pumas may have died) - we can't know from the information you have given us. If stalking is not uncommon in the areas you've hiked, you'll need to find another area or hike in a group.

One final point: when you bend or kneel, you look like easy prey. Stay upright.

Really last point: The cuddling is amazing.

Jon Custer

The cuddling is really amazing. I wonder if it purred ...