Clayton Cramer shows just how nutty the State of California is becoming, warning about Mountain Lion predation, but the prohibiting all weapons, and suggesting such things as this:
Do all you can to appear larger. Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you are wearing one. Throw stones, branches, or whatever you can reach without crouching or turning your back. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice. The idea is to convince the mountain lion that you are not prey and that you may be a danger to it.
Fight back if attacked. Hikers have fought back successfully with sticks, caps, jackets, garden tools, and their bare hands. Since a mountain lion usually tries to bite the head or neck, try to remain standing and face the attacking animal.
For those of you unfamiliar with feline taxonomy, Mountain Lions, also known as Cougars, are the largest of the Felinae subfamily, which includes Cheetah’s, Lynxes and domestic cats. Clayton notes:
And best of all: firearms are strictly prohibited in the nature preserve.Â So, remember, if all else fails, fight the mountain lion in hand-to-hand combat.Â Look, I have hadÂ house catsÂ that made me regret trying to pick them up, and I’m supposed to fight a 150 pound mountain lion unarmed?
I think, unfortunately, there are more than a few kooks in the State of California that would think being preyed upon by a Mountain Lions was just desserts (no pun intended) for a species that rapes the earth as much as we do. As a cat person, I would certainly attempt to avoid killing a cat if I could, but I’d prefer to have the option of a few rounds of .44 Magnum. I think it would prove to be much more effective at convincing Mountain Lions that humans are not to be tangled with than harsh language.