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RE: Seattle runners. Cougar attack (fatality) in Washington: Same trail as the course used for downhill marathons?

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.

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