JD Spydo wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:52 am
Where I used to work in a wetlands area in North Missouri we have Mountain Lions back in the region. I saw first evidence of them all the way back to 1999. One of the neighbors seen one on the same road our lodge was at 2:00 am one night on her way home from work back around 2005. Since then I've heard reports of a mother and two cubs in one sighting in that same area about 2 years ago. So I do know for a fact that we have a thriving population of Mountain Lions here in North Missouri ( if not the rest of the state too).
Personally I would fear an attack from one of them before I would fear a bear attack. I do think a Mountain Lion would be far more likely than a bear attack a human from all the information I've gathered.
Scary cats indeed, but I am pretty sure the attacks on humans are quite rare. There are many of them where I live and they are spotted in urban areas on a regular basis. They are a bit more cautious with their prey and tend to go for small pets and children.
There are many bears around here as well (black bears mostly, but a couple of griz have made the swim) and typically they will leave you alone. However, bears can be unpredictable. A couple of years ago I came face to face with one and I felt rather undergunned with my readied .308. If that bear decided he wanted to harm me he sure would have done so given how close he was. I can't even imagine defending myself with a little Buck Kingsman. I have one- maybe I should carry it as a good luck charm.