Where do you find mountain lions?

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    you'll never see one.

    The closest I have ever been to seeing, one and I have backpacked for thousands of miles all over the country, was in Glacier National Park where we spotted some tracks and spoor
     
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    I saw one once in Pennsylvania. I spotted it from a small boat shortly before entering a cave.
    That's the first and only time I've ever seen one.
     
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    Same here. Many days in the wilderness and lived in the mountains for a decade. I still haven't seen one. Thankfully.
     
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    The Sierra Nevada mountains and the Snake mountains are good spots to see them. You will have to be very patient though. Elusive doesn't even begin to describe them.
     
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    Unless they're hungry......

     
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    They will only attack people if they are sick. Sickness causes hunger and the inability to chase after their traditional prey. I live in the mountains, have for over 25 years and have had two run ins with them. I see them when I am hiking, or occasionally cross country skiing, but that is rare.
     
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    I love getting out and doing all sorts of things. Seeing a mountain lion while hiking isn't one of them. lol
     
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    The key when faced by a mountain lion is to not show them your back. If you turn away from them you are dinner. Face them and advance at them waving your arms and howling at them. It's worked for me twice which is good because I would have hated to have to kill one of them. They are magnificent creatures. They truly are.
     
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    Throughout the West. I've had mountain lions, Bobcats, etc on my property.
    They are elusive and you will not see one unless you have a year to spend in the wild.
    And they consider you dinner.
    Go to the San Diego Zoo.
     

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