Scientists offer tips for mountain lion encounters

Ina Ronquillo

Scientists offer tips for mountain lion encounters

CREATED Aug. 16, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) - University of Arizona scientists are offering tips to residents who live in mountain lion country after one of the big cats was killed this week in suburban Phoenix.
   
Lisa Haynes, coordinator of the university's Wild Cat Research and Conservation Center, reminds residents that while human encounters with mountain lions are rare, there are tips to stay safe if you do come face to face with one.
   
She says the first rule is to never run because it could encourage the cat to chase you and think you are prey. Haynes also says to stand your ground and maintain eye contact, trying to appear as large as possible while throwing objects at the animal, such as a water bottle or backpack.
   
And if a mountain lion does attack, however unlikely, fight back.

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