Secretive and stealthy, mountain lions are rarely seen but are still abundant throughout Arizona. They invoke fear in some, fascination among others. They are especially numerous in southeast Arizona because of its large prey base and mountainous terrain. For example, mountain lions are documented by trail or security cameras on average once a month in greater Tucson. This presentation will examine how to distinguish a mountain lion from other species, read its body language, and deter it if the encounter is too close or menacing. In addition, it will attempt to right popular misconceptions about this iconic and beautiful creature. Learn how the Arizona Game and Fish Department manages mountain lions by monitoring their movement and behavior with the help of the public.

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