An unusually large mountain lion has been spotted in the Greenwhich suburbs. Predictably,
Greenwich Conservation director Denise Savageau said that if anyone happens upon a suspected mountain lion, they should, “Act large, stand up tall, wave your arms and make noises. Don’t freeze. You don’t want to act like a bunny.”
By doing so, the animal more than likely will not view a human as prey, Savageau said.
Murdoc’s been pointing out mountain lion encounters here and there for years now. Back in 2004 I noted that the California state suggestions to deal with a mountain lion, including “Do not approach a lion,” “Do not run from a lion,” and “Do all you can to appear larger.”
To their credit, they also suggest fighting back if attacked.
A hiker in Southern California used a rock to fend off a mountain lion that was attacking his son. Others have fought back successfully with sticks, caps, jackets, garden tools and their bare hands.
That’s not fighting back, that’s a desperate last-ditch attempt to continue living.
Also see Friendly neighborhood mountain lion . And I posted a page from the Worst Case Scenario A Day calendar I had at the time:
Though option 3 might be tough against 160 pounds of cat muscle, claws, and teeth.
Incidentally, the Eastern Cougar was declared EXTINCT in March, with researchers believing it had been so since the 1930s. This, of course, may or may not be an eastern cougar, and/or it may or may not be a native wild animal.