How to Survive a Cougar Attack

The cougar is one of nature’s finest predators, but with the right precautions, you can survive an attack.

You will need

  • Alertness
  • Composure

Step 1 Be alert Be alert at all times, especially when in dense cover. The best way to survive a cougar attack is to avoid one in the first place.

Step 2 Stay in groups Stay in groups when in cougar territory. Lone individuals are much more at risk.

Step 3 Remain calm Remain calm if you are spotted. Panic may send the cougar into a frenzy.

Step 4 Look big Stand up and spread your arms. Making yourself look bigger and more imposing might frighten the cat away.

Step 5 Maintain eye contact Maintain eye contact and do not turn your back—this may seem counterintuitive, but you don’t want the cougar to get the drop on you.

Step 6 Back away slowly Back away slowly without letting the cougar out of your sight.

Step 7 Check for aggression Check for signs of aggression, like advancing movement, bared teeth, a fixed stare, or crouching, as if to pounce.

Step 8 Become more assertive Become more assertive if the cougar begins to move in on you—shout, wave, throw things, and try to get to higher ground.

Step 9 Fight back If she pounces, you have no choice but to fight back. Try to stay on your feet and be sure to protect your head and neck.

Step 10 Don’t play dead Whatever you do, don’t play dead—this will likely cause the cougar to drag you to a private area and have its way with you.