Hiking is a very trendy thing to do right now across the United States and around the world. While hiking seems like it should be a completely safe and fun activity, it can sometimes be dangerous.
Sometimes a hiker could slip and fall on a remote hike far from cellular service and it could take an ambulance a while to get to them. Sometimes a hiker could get lost and not know how to find their way back. Sometimes a hiker could encounter a wild mountain lion and freak out.
Don’t believe me? Just watch. (There are a lot of loud bleeps relative to the dialogue volume, so if you’re on a work computer consider yourself warned.)
— ABC News (@ABC) August 10, 2017
That’s right, Brian McKinney and Sam Vonderheide were hiking through Sequoia National Park in California last month and stumbled upon a large mountain lion.
According to ABC, when the two spotted the lion, McKinney took out his phone to capture the encounter. Luckily for the two of them they managed to get out in time as the lion watched them subtly freak out and promptly run away.
Daniel Gammons is a wildlife biologist and he appeared on KFSN to discuss the video.
“The big thing these visitors did right was that they didn’t panic and run,” Gammons said. “Probably the most important message to get out to visitors is not to act like prey if they encounter a mountain lion.”
The biologist went on to say another thing the men did right was to make themselves appear large by waving their arms to scare the animal.
For more information on what to do in this type of situation, check out this video!