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RE: Seattle runners. Cougar attack (fatality) in Washington: Same trail as the course used for downhill marathons?
The take-away for me from all this is to get some pepper spray and carry it every time i go in cougar country. Simple precaution, and it seems like it would be effective in almost all cases. Would work on a bear as well.
For what it is worth, the news today is saying they are doing tests on the dead cougar and we should know in a few days if it was sick or not. As for it's weight, they say it may be due to it seeking out a new territory, based on it being of the age (3 years) when young male cougars often do this.
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