armchair observer wrote:
These is sad to hear about, but I wonder why they didn't dismount and use their bikes as "defense" shields as I and I'm sure others have done with dogs.
Can you explain what you mean about a defense shield with dogs? I regularly hike close to this area with my dog (Lab) and have always wondered about what I would do if I encountered a cougar. Would the cougar view my dog as prey or be scared off? I know you don't run and if needed you throw rocks or fight but am wondering if there is something else I should do? I am not sure what my dog's reaction would be, she is big but also kind of a scaredy cat.