In 2007, the Golden State Second Amendment Council wrote an article on mountain lions in the Sierra Azul Preserve near Los Gatos. A sign posted at an entrance of the preserve states: “For Your Safety and the Protection of the Environment… Visitors are responsible for knowing and obeying the District’s Land Use Regulations District Ordinances: Weapons of any kind are prohibited on preserves.”
So if you are attacked, they recommended the following:
Do not run from a lion. Instead, stand and face the animal. Make eye contact. If you have small children with you, pick them up if possible so they don’t panic and run. Although it may be awkward, pick them up without bending over or turning away from the mountain lion.
Do not crouch down or bend over. If you’re in mountain lion country, avoid squatting, crouching or bending over, even when picking up children.
Do all you can to appear larger. Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you are wearing one. Throw stones, branches, or whatever you can reach without crouching or turning your back. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice. The idea is to convince the mountain lion that you are not prey and that you may be a danger to it.
Fight back if attacked. Hikers have fought back successfully with sticks, caps, jackets, garden tools, and their bare hands. Since a mountain lion usually tries to bite the head or neck, try to remain standing and face the attacking animal.
Brian Sussman and Melanie Morgan picked up our flyer and commented on their Radio show on KSFO.
This time, seven years later we have a child that was attacked and dragged by a mountain lion into a ravine. The child suffered severe injuries and was hospitalized. The above instructions did not do much good for the child, who was hiking with a large group of people.
If the laws in the preserves were relaxed that allowed firearms, this dangerous animal might have been stopped or even caught after the act. It is still roaming after two days.