ScrubCedar... calm down.
We don't live too far from each other, judging by your profile.
The Big Kitties here are nowhere near as vicious as you want everyone to believe. I've run into plenty, and very
few posed any real threat. Those that did pose a threat got out of there as fast as they could, when I made them aware of the fact that they were no long "invisible" or silent.
Even if they were
"stalking" me, I doubt they were actually hunting. Nearly all big cats will follow animals/humans through their territory, just to see what they're doing. They're very curious animals. Plus, if you slip and fall, and hurt yourself... free food!
When was the last attack on a human in this state? The last death?
Originally Posted by Art Eatman
Cougars are NOT on any federal endangered or threatened species list.
You may find this of interest: Species Profile for Eastern Cougar
-- US Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program