Mountain lion behavior and suggested human response
Appropriate Human Response
More than 100 yards away and moving away
Keep children where they can be observed.
100–50 yards away; various positions and movements; attention away from people
Remain calm; do not approach. Avoid rapid movements or running. Make your presence known then slowly back away / leave the area.
In a tree (including treed by dogs)
Leash dogs; move away from tree until out of sight and allow animal to escape.
100–50 yards away; various or changing positions; ears up; attention toward people and/or following people
Slight for Adults; Serious for Unaccompanied Children
Hold small children; keep older children close. Assume standing position; do not turn your back. Look for sticks, rocks, or other weapons and pick them up using an aggressive posture; do your best to appear large and threatening.
50–25 yards away; intense staring and hiding coupled with crouching and/or creeping toward people
Considering/Positioning for Attack
Move slowly to get behind trees or boulders, but don't lose sight of the animal. Make menacing sounds; throw things if animal is close enough to hit.
25 yards or closer; tail twitching; body and head low to ground; rear legs may be gently pumping or treading up and down
Prepare to defend yourself using whatever weapons are available (including lethal). Pepper spray may be effective if animal is close and downwind. If animal attacks, fight back!