A man named Dutch Faro was out hiking and running along Southern California’s Pyramid Lake recently, filming the scenery on a beautiful day. Something behind him caught his attention, a flash of movement, a sound, and Faro whirled around to see a mountain lion charging him in broad daylight. Faro, instinctively, runs for a few feet before turning and standing his ground, then charging back at the mountain lion, barking at it. It worked. Wildlife experts typically encourage people not to run from or toward mountain lions, but do say that yelling and acting aggressively can scare them off. Makes you wonder how often mountain lions are out in the bush watching us hike and jog, deciding whether to pursue, and, heck, maybe they often do before tailing off.

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