FOREST SERVICE EMPLOYEE KEEPS HIS COOL WHEN LIONS APPROACH
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While wildlife attacks of any kind on people are rare in New Mexico, there are some simple steps to follow if you find yourself in an encounter with a mountain lion:
· Stop — don’t run — and slowly back away. Running may stimulate a lion’s natural instinct to give chase and attack, as they would normally do to their prey.
· Make noise by yelling or talking loudly, and make yourself appear larger by raising your arms and waving them. If you have on a jacket or coat, open it and spread it out with your arms to make your silhouette larger.
· Convince the lion that you’re not prey by throwing rocks or sticks at it in an effort to drive it off. Convince the lion that you are dominant and a danger to it.
· If a lion attacks, fight back. Use anything you can as a weapon: rocks, sticks, backpacks, or your bare hands.