Fight or flee: tough choice when facing a mountain lion

Run or fight. The choice comes up often in life.

Wildlife officials for decades have advised hikers, hunters, cyclists and others to fight back if they encounter a threatening mountain lion. Make yourself look bigger, they advise, and arm yourself with anything handy: fishing rod, fence post, pocket knife or walking stick. Now University of California-Davis researchers, after analyzing more than a century of cougar attacks, say it might be better in some cases to run instead.

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