DWR Gives Tips To Avoid Encounters With Cougars
By Kristin Forbis, May 12, 2022
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reminds the public that while cougar attacks are quite rare, they do happen. Cougars are found throughout Utah, usually in the foothill and canyon areas, but also sometimes down in valleys. The main prey of cougars is deer, so they can be found wherever deer are. To prevent encounters with cougars take the following steps: Do not hike or jog alone. Maintain awareness in cougar country while hiking or jogging and avoid using headphones that block out your surroundings. Travel in groups and keep everyone together, including children and dogs. Make noise while hiking to alert cougars of your presence. Leave the area if you find a dead animal, especially deer or elk, since it could be a cougar kill. If you live in an area near deer habitat, do not leave children outside unattended, especially at dawn and dusk. As a deterrent, install outside and motion-sensitive lighting around your property. Bring pets and livestock inside at night or secure them in a barn or kennel with a top. Report a cougar sighting if it has killed something in a neighborhood or yard, if it exhibits aggressive behavior, or if it appears several times on your security cameras.