This is a crash course on what not to do if you cross paths with a mountain lion.
It’s a tale as old as time. Bozo tourists having the grand idea of approaching wildlife as if it were a petting zoo at the local county fair, and quickly realizing that the creature 100% has the ability to send you straight to the ER, or the afterlife.
And for this bozo of the week, we have a woman who had the bright idea of trying to get a mountain lion that was chilling in the middle of the road to move, so their bus could get through.
Mountain lions, also known as cougars, are one of the most elusive and powerful predators in the world. They are a large and muscular animal, with adult males weighing up to 150 pounds and measuring up to 8 feet in length from nose to tail. Females are slightly smaller, weighing between 75 and 100 pounds and measuring up to 7 feet in length. They have a tan or light brown coat and a long, slender body with a powerful jaw and sharp teeth.
Powerful hunters, they can take down prey that is much larger than themselves. They are ambush predators, stalking their prey quietly and patiently until they are close enough to attack. They are known for their speed and agility, able to run up to 50 miles per hour and leap over 20 feet in a single bound.
Mountain lions typically hunt deer, but they are opportunistic and will prey on smaller animals such as rabbits, rodents, and even domestic pets.
However, mountain lions typically try to avoid human interaction, and they’re more scared of you and you are of them in most situations…
But don’t get it twisted: If your presence threatens a mountain lion enough, they will attack and not lose a second of sleep at night for it.
With that being said, this woman’s knowledge of mountain lions is obviously limited, as she’s almost treating it like it’s a house cat.
At first, she tries to gently push the creature in an effort to get it out of the way. Once she realizes that isn’t working, she goes for a broom, as if that’s an even better idea.
Needless to say, the creature wasn’t a fan of being poked with the broom, as it quickly turned back towards the woman and sent her running for the hills.
It appears that the mountain lion is injured, because it almost seems as if it’s unable to physically move off the road by itself.