Did you know that the cougar is also commonly known as a mountain lion, puma, mountain cat, catamount, or panther?
Fatal cougar attacks are extremely rare and occur much less frequently than fatal snake bites, fatal lightning strikes, or even fatal bee stings. However, the cougar will stalk their prey and children are particularly vulnerable. The majority of children attacked by the wild animals were not accompanied by adults.
In the past 100 years, there have been a reported 125 cougar attacks in North America, 27 of them were fatal.
Despite the fact that cougars or mountain lion attacks are rare, encounters between humans and the cats are on the rise.
In February 2019, jogger Travis Kauffman choked a juvenile cougar that attacked him, and in September of that year, authorities said a hiker found dead in Oregon was likely killed by a mountain lion .
More recently, in March 2020 footage went viral after a witness captured the moment deputies shot a mountain lion in Larimer County, Colorado, after it attacked a civilian and a sheriff’s deputy.
Now more disturbing footage has been captured and this time it shows a cougar stalking children at play.
In the video, shot by a Pacifica, CA resident, we can see a big cat lying at the end of a walkway. It almost looks like a big cat as it peers through the gate, watching something off-camera. The cat must see something because it appears startled and looks directly at the camera, gets up, and jumps over the fence. The feline ends up hiding underneath a car but we can see what they were watching. It's children out on their bikes.
It should be noted that this is not necessarily predatory behavior of itself, stalking is just part of what mountain lions do. They're curious and like to watch.