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

Slow Region wrote:

Cougars scare the crap out of me. I regularly run trails in northern Utah and I know they are around.
The reason they scare me so bad is how a Park Ranger once put it when I asked about cougars: If you see one, it has probably been following you for a while and decided you aren't dangerous enough to hide from.

OP's assumption is that because an animal attacked solo humans on a trail, when there are very many humans on the trail, there is a greater probability of an attack. Which, is false.

A vaguely healthy wild animal wants nothing to do with noisy, smelly humans. Put a bunch of the noisy, smelly humans together and they are even more discouraged.

Do not feed the bears.

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