What do I do if I encounter a cougar?

According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, relatively few people will ever encounter a cougar. If you are one of the few who do, be sure to:  

  • Stop, pick up small children immediately, and don’t run.  
  • Maintain eye contact with the cougar while backing away slowly.  
  • Make yourself as large as possible: stand tall, shout, wave your hands and throw anything you have available (water bottle, book). The idea is to convince the cougar that you are not prey, but a potential danger.   
  • If the cougar attacks, fight back. Cougars have been driven away by people who have fought back. Be aggressive and try to stay on your feet. Bear spray can also be effective.  


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