1. If a cougar attacks: Fight back. Once a lion has decided to attack, they have already decided that the gain of â¦ If the cougar appears aggressive and moves toward you, shout and throw things to try to make the cougar realize youâre a potential danger. But that doesnât mean you shouldnât be prepared to act and react accordingly should you find yourself in a similar situation Sederbaum and Brooks faced. Use whatever you can to beat back the cougar, such as sticks, rocks, water bottles, backpacks and your bare hands. What to Do in a Cougar Encounter. While the internet has shown us that cats are extremely funny, the real world has shown us that cougars just don't have a great sense of humour. Cougar attacks are split-second events and you should be able to use your spray on auto-pilot. Cougars attacks in tents are very rare. Since then, state authorities have recorded 19 other attacks on humans, including a second fatal attack in 2018. Use a handgun. How to survive a cougar attack The mountain lion, not the foxy older woman By Marc Chacksfield. When youâre out strolling in the woods, thereâs no way for you to defend yourself from a mountain lion using an air rifle. Spray directly into its face in case a mountain lion is about to physically attack you. In fact their attack patterns are extremely consistent. Remove the safety tag. Kick, Gouge its eyes, Hit it in the face, and do anything you can to make the lion rethink its attack. Id yell kick and scream and then Iâd wake up from the dream Iâm clearly having. In Washington state, the first fatal cougar attack on a human was reported in 1924. Here, we provide some tips on how to avoid these encounters and what to do in the rare event of an attack. Aim at the cougarâs face and keep in mind the direction of the wind. While that sounds utterly scary and you are probably shaking with fear and terror, keep in mind that the only way to get out safely is to stay calm. If a cougar shows interest or attacks, be aggressive and make loud noises, Saanich police are advising after receiving four reports of cougar â¦ 02 February 2011. 7. Continue spraying until the mountain lion leaves or changes direction. Letâs say that throwing things doesnât work in deterring the mountain lion from attacking. Do not freak out or make rapid movements or attempt to run away, because it will only worsen the situation and you will risk encouraging the mountain lion to chase you. Not only does it take time to shoot, but itâs also not enough to stop a cougar from coming at you. In the states of WA, OR and ID, there have only been 3 human deaths due to cougars in recorded history. Just you try putting a wig on one. Unlike bear attacks, experts say that you need to fight back when attacked by a Mountain Lion. Regardless of why the cougar attacked, the fact is, such attacks are extremely rare and arenât much of a concern for the average outdoor-enthusiast. You are past that. You are now about to square off with a quick and deadly predator in its own habitat. Just for perspective, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) records show that in 2017 alone , in-state traffic accidents resulted in more than 520 deaths and more than 12,000 injuries! Cougar attacks on humans are VERY rare. Cougar attacks are rare, but it pays to play defensively in mountain lion territory. It is now past the point of worrying what to do if a mountain lion is stalking. Itâs smaller yet you can move quicker and a stronger caliber to defend yourself against a mountain lion. Surviving a Cougar Attack. Try to stay on your feet and be aggressive.