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Written by Sharon Parry
Published: January 31, 2023
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When you hear about a woman being stalked in the woods, your mind may jump to a crime drama or a suspense novel but this is a nature video! It documents what happens when a lone female camper spots that she is not actually alone!

Stalker at the Camping Site

This lady is on a solo adventure in the woods in Saguaro National Park, Arizona and looks as if she has just set up camp. As we join the action, the hiker has just spotted a cougar in the trees above her campsite. She records what happens next and explains that she suspected that a predator was near from the way some deer were acting. They must have sensed the presence of a predator.

This hiker did not like the thought of sharing her camping space with the cougar so she tried to scare it off by making a variety of noises. That did not work! So, she had a go at throwing stones at it. Then she tries throwing stones and yelling at the same time. Nothing worked!

Finally, the inquisitive cougar gets bored and leaves of its own accord.

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Mountain lion attacks on humans are rare but have been recorded

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All About Cougars

Cougars are also called pumas, panthers, and mountain lions. They are the second largest cat in North America (they can be up to nine feet long) and have round heads and pointed ears – their body shape is very similar to house cats but larger. These guys like to live alone (they sometimes form loose social connections) but are fantastic hunters. They tend to target deer and raccoons but have been known to take on crocodiles.

So, was this lady justified in being so concerned? There are very few recorded cougar attacks on humans but it can happen. One report from 2018 describes how a cougar stalked two mountain bikers in the Cascade Mountains and went on to kill one of them. Wildlife experts suggested that as the animal was emaciated it was probably sick or desperate or both and that would make it behave in ways that it normally would not. Also, a fast-moving mountain bike is going to seem like fleeing prey to a hungry predator. Luckily for this woman, the cougar in this clip did not see her as prey and decided to leave her alone.

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Sharon has a Ph.D. in Public Health but has spent the last decade researching and writing about all things connected with animal health and well being. As a life-long animal lover, she now shares her family home with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a very energetic Cocker Spaniel but in the past she has also been a Mom to Guinea Pigs and several cats!She has a passion for researching accurate and credible information about pets and reviewing products that make pet owners' lives a bit easier. When she isn't checking out new pet products she's trekking around the Welsh mountains and beaches with her dog - although she lets her husband and her three grown up daughters tag along sometimes if they are lucky!

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