I fight or play dead if I get attacked by a mountain lion or
depends....is the animal trying to protect itself or eat
you surprised it on the trail or you got near it's young,
then it is probably trying to defend itself. This is usually
the case. In fact, protecting it's young accounts for the
vast majority of bear attacks.
the animal has been stalking you for miles, you may be food.
If the animal that is attacking you is a mountain lion, you
may be food. If it runs into your tent and attacks you*, you
may be food. All of these are rare, but documented.
that some bears will come into your tent to lick the sweat
off of your clothes or investigate smells. Unless they are
aggressive, you are probably not food.
it is trying to protect itself, play dead. Keep your backpack
on, lay down, and cover your neck with your hands. If it
continually mauls you, then you may be food and may need to
it is trying to eat you, fight back with extreme violence and
every weapon available. Strike the head, nose, and eyes.
Everyone in the group must join in the fight.
either case DO NOT RUN!
It can not be over-emphasized how extremely
rare it is for a bear or mointain lion to attack a person, except for self defense.