- Mountain Lions
sightings and encounters have increased throughout Yosemite
over the past several years. The lions are an important
part of the park ecosystem, helping to keep deer and other
prey populations in check. Although lion attacks are rare,
they are possible, as is injury from any wild animal. We
offer the following recommendations to increase your safety:
Do not leave pets or pet food outside
and unattended, especially at dawn and dusk. Pets can attract
mountain lions into developed areas.
Avoid walking alone.
Watch children closely and never
let them run ahead or lag behind on the trail.
Talk to children about
lions and teach them what to do if they meet one.
Store food according to park regulations.
should you do if you meet a mountain lion?
a mountain lion, especially one that is feeding or with
kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation.
Always give them a way to escape. Don't run. Stay calm.
Hold your ground, or back away slowly. Face the lion and
stand upright. Do all you can to appear larger. Grab a stick.
Raise your arms. If you have small children with you, pick
them up. If the lion behaves aggressively, wave your arms,
shout and throw objects at it. The goal is to convince it
that you are not prey and may be dangerous yourself. If
attacked, fight back!
Generally, mountain lions are calm,
quiet, and elusive. The chance of being attacked by a mountain
lion is quite low compared to may other natural hazards.
There is, for example, a far greater risk of being struck
by lightning than being attacked by a mountain lion.