A Mountain Lion in Nevada. Photo by Mike Pearson.
In the beginning God created man, but seeing him so feeble he gave him the cat.
Lions Attacks Facts
All cats are capable of inflicting nasty wounds on humans, with even the little domestic animals having razor sharp claws and teeth. Imagine then the immense power and destructive potential of big cats such as lions, tigers and panthers with such weapons.
Top Cats: the two species which are common enough and big enough to be dangerous to man (or more especially children) are the African Lion and the North American Mountain Lion, also known as the Cougar.
African Lions – absolutely not to be messed with, though your safari vehicle is 100% safe. Step out of your Land Rover, however, for a close-up picture of an apparently lazy pride of lions and find out how fast and deadly they are. Two Japanese confirmed this not long ago in Kenya’s Masai Mara. They went home in a box.
Tented camps are fine if you observe the safety rules.
Mountain Lions/Cougars – the cougar is not really a lion at all and is a cat the size of a human that is closely related to the panther.
Mountain lion attacks have increased dramatically in the US in recent years no doubt as a result of pressure on their ecosystem and the greater numbers of people taking recreation in wilderness areas.
Tigers – seeing one is difficult enough, you’d be pretty unfortunate to be attacked by one!