If any one out there really does come up on a cougar. It happened to me about 5-6 years ago in the Quinnalt Rain forest, while I was by myself sitting at a campfire. I should have been more careful since I had found 3 deer carcases in the area with cougar tracks around them. With it being September and the middle of the week, I was the only one at the camp ground at the time. He was sneaking up behind me and stepped on a leaf making a very very slight sound, that I almost did not turn around for at the time since I almost thought it was the fire. When I turned around expecting a small squirel or something he was less then 50FT behind me and all I could think to do, was say: hello kitty. I was not looking for trouble at the time from him or anything else and his being there really had not quite taken on reality. But since I had turned to face him that was all it took to scare him away. So if anyone does come up on a cougar remember they like most members of the cat family will only attack from behind. Its to dangerous for the cat to attack most large prey from the front side. It should be noted that this camping area has had since then had one dog attacked and one other human who was stalked that I have heard of since then. The camp ground is the 2nd one up the South side of the lake that you used to be able to drive up to. The road last time I was in the area was closed. They say, do to the road being washed out, but at the time I did wonder if there had been more trouble with this cat that was in the area. :EEK If you do come upon a cougar do not turn your back on it, that should help keep you safe.