Safety Encouraged As Cougar Population Trends Up

Trends of population data indicate that cougar numbers in Utah have been growing steadily and DWR wildlife officials continue to encourage safety. “People are the most likely to encounter cougars in areas frequented by mule deer and during the early morning and at dusk, when cougars are most likely to be hunting,” shares DWR Game Mammals Coordinator Darren DeBloois. In the rare event that you do happen to encounter a cougar, here are some tips to help keep you safe: Never run from a cougar, since that could trigger the cougar’s instincts to chase. Maintain eye contact. Pick up children and pets or keep them very close. Stand up tall. Do not crouch or squat. Make yourself look bigger by raising and waving your arms or jacket above your head. Talk firmly in a loud voice, back away slowly and leave the area. Fight back if you are attacked! Protect your head and neck. If you are aggressive enough, the cougar will probably flee. 


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