In my old age, I can honestly say I’ve come across a lot of wildlife while running/backpacking - lots of black bears, a few brown bears, bobcats, moose, etc., but nothing scares the heebie-jeebies out of me like a big cat. They never announce their arrival, and once they engage you they usually don’t stop, as opposed to a brown bear, if you’re fortunate enough to back off (been there...). I have read where it’s best to try and “look big” - however that works - and just scream, yell, just make a lot of noise. I do know they have a natural aversion to dogs, and if I lived in the northwest I probably wouldn’t go anywhere in the mountains without a good sized dog (long time owner of airedales).
I’ve always been curious as to why you never hear of any big cat attacks during the ultras? I’d love some feedback from some of you folks who run regularly in the Rockies and NW mtns. as to how you would handle the situation or have handled cat situations.