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Topics of Interest:

  1. Project Goals
  2. Classification in Texas
  3. Importance of Mountain Lion
  4. What is it for me?
  5. Texas - Historical Overview
  6. Texas - Current Status
  7. Our Solution
  8. Common Misconceptions
  9. Distribution
  10. Description
  11. Behavior
  12. Mountain Lions and People
  13. Volunteer Opportunities
  14. References



- Mountain Lions and Humans



  • Mountain Lions avoid people
  • Mountain lions' attacks on people are extremely RARE. 
  • Most of the reports in the news of mountain lion sighting and/or attacks are false (In Texas: "Most Mountain Lion ‘Sightings’ In Texas Unreliable")
  • If an attack occurs, it usually involves a lone individual or an unsupervised child allowed to wander ALONE.
  • Most attacks have been traced to young and curious mountain lions.
  • In the past 113 years (1890 - 2003), only 16 fatal attacks and 92 non-fatal attacks of Mountain Lions on humans have been documented in North America and Canada (Beier 1991; Fitzhugh et al. 2003).
  • This compares to over 200,000 attacks by dogs
  • No fatal attacks have been reported in Texas.
  • Over 100 deaths caused by deer/vehicle collision have occured over an 8 year period in Texas
  • and over 30 deaths due to lightning (Texas) in a 10 year period
  • In the past decade, Big Bend National Park was the only location in Texas reporting 3 non-fatal attacks by mountain lions on humans.


When in Mountain Lion Habitat*:

  • Keep children under close control, and in view.
  • Do not hike alone
  • Do not run
  • Avoid dead animals and never approach kittens.
  • Be alert to your surroundings
  • Secure pets and hobby animals in predator-proof enclosures between dusk and dawn.
  • Keep pets on leashes and off trails in the backcountry.
  • Keep garbage under control to avoid attracting raccoons, skunks etc.
  • Do not feed pets outside and remove extra feed from domestic animals pens.
  • Do not feed deer and wild turkeys.


If encountering a Mountain Lion*:

  • Pick up small children immediately if you see a mountain lion
  • Do not run
  • Stand. Wave your arms
  • Raise jacket over your head. Appear as large as possible
  • Move to higher ground if nearby
  • Throw sticks, rocks, or other objects if within reach and accessible without bending too low.
  • Talk calmly.
  • Back away
  • Maintain eye contact Do not look away.
  • But, if mountain lion is agitated use peripheral vision to keep track of its location
  • If attacked: fight back!

* Cougar Management Guidelines 2005




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