(Wyoming) - We talked about recreating in black bear country
on Wednesday, but what do
you do if you come across a lion?
We spoke with Wyoming Game and Fish Large Carnivore Biologist Justin Clapp
from the Lander Region, who filled us in on a few tips to consider while
living and recreating in big cat country.
"These animals are very cryptic in nature and reclusive. The sighting of a
mountain lion can be very rare when out recreating."
Clapp reported that nailing down and exact number of lions around Wyoming
is tough and as he put it, 'kind of like chasing tails'.
"The WGFD does do studies on the lion populations and we work to maintain a
healthy population of cats, but we do not have an exact number of lions."
Clapp then shared five tips for living and recreating in mountain lion
1. Education is key and learning how the animals behave in the wild is
2. Being prepared both mentally and physically when out in the wild is
also important, carrying bear spray as a deterrent is advised.
3. Not feeding deer or other wild animals in your backyard. This
increases the chances of a predator human conflict.
4. Trim hedges and brushes in your yard, to prevent cats and other
creatures from hiding.
5. Be aware of you surrounding, and stick to main trails when out hiking
"It is important to note that there has never been an incident in Wyoming
where a mountain lion has killed a person. Seeing a mountain lion in the
wild is a pretty rare experience and it is extremely rare for that cat to
see you as a predator or prey. We encourage people to make yourself look
big, make noises and show the lion that you are not prey and never turn
your back or run away if you come across a lion."
To learn more about mountain lions around Natrona County or Wyoming, please
contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (307)-777-4600.
Feature Photo: h/t WGFD/Pitchengine Communities
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