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Living in big cat country safety tips

Living in big cat country safety tips

(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 country: 1. Education is key and learning how the animals behave in the wild is essential. 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 or recreating. "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 #oilcity #news #county10