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

Jetagimath wrote:
Why can't Americans implement a similar system to dissuade bears, cougars and coyotes from attacking humans in running trails?

Nothing needs to be done, as the others said.

This was the first deadly run in with a cougar in 94 years in the state & the first fatal attack in a decade in the entire U.S.

People saying a cougar stared them down well ya, it was likely curious. If you were in the wild & encountered something bigger than you wouldn't you look at it?

This cougar was ill. Probably had rabies. Terrible luck for the person who died & they did everything right. It's just a rare freak incident.

And coyote attacks? Seriously? Coyotes don't attack adults, & if so, I strongly doubt a coyote could even hurt an adult. Have you actually seen a coyote in the wild? Are you scared of raccoons too?

Fj wrote:
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).

You should stay away from the mountains completely. Less people to clog up the trails for me. I've done many hikes & runs in the exact area of the attack.
Saw a couple bears in Mt Rainier Nat Park. We both minded our business & it was fine. A sprained ankle, bee sting, or traffic accident is far more of a concern than running/hiking in the mountains & having a big bad cougar attack you.

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