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Mountain lion attack: Should I stay or should I bolt?

April 8, 2009 |  4:17 pm


Conventional wisdom has it that you should stay, look big and don't run when confronted with a mountain lion on a trail. But some UC Davis researchers are injecting doubt into that dictum, as Pete Thomas explains in his Outposts blog today. The carnivorous cats may think you're disabled, disoriented or just too dumb to remain in the gene pool.

The researchers offer a few cases in which beating a hasty retreat is a better idea. Check it out here.

— Geoff Mohan

Photo: A mountain lion rests on a branch at Irvine Regional Park Zoo in 2007. Credit: Christine Cotter/Los Angeles Times