Contributed by Judy Hagerott
You run into a mountain lion while hiking and it looks like it wants you for supper…what do you do? Last night in the C-TEL Presentation Hall at Sheridan College, 30 people heard Dave Moody with Wyoming Game and Fish from Lander present the seminar, “Staying Safe in Bear, Lion and Wolf Country.”
While there are a few wolves in the Big Horns, Moody stressed the fact that wolf interaction with humans is extremely rare and they are of little threat to people.
Those folks in our neck of the woods are more likely to meet up with a black bear or mountain lion while enjoying the outdoors. The first order of defense is accessible pepper spray…have it handy, not stuck somewhere in the bottom of your back pack. Next, yell. Throw sticks and stones; wave your arms; make yourself look big -- but never, ever turn your back and run. And if you must, fight with everything in you, because that bear or mountain lion is meaning to make you dinner.
Educate yourself and be alert to your surroundings. And just as important, keep your kids close; don’t let them run around, especially at dawn and dusk, which are prime feeding times.
Mountain lions are the top carnivore in the Big Horn Mountains, eating 40-50 deer a year. As of yet, not one person has ever been killed by a mountain lion in Wyoming.
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