Hiker injured after close encounter with mountain lion

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Hiker injured after close encounter with mountain lion

CREATED Aug 14, 2013

CATALINA STATE PARK, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - An 18-year-old man suffered a shoulder injury after a close encounter with a mountain lion at Catalina State Park Wednesday morning.

Mark Hart with Arizona Game and Fish tells KGUN9 a mountain lion was following a man and woman who'd been hiking near the Romero Pools.

The couple backed away, but in the process the man fell down a 15- to 20-foot drop and sustained some injuries.

A helicopter airlifted the man from the site. An ambulance took him to Oro Valley Hospital, which reported he was released that day.

Investigators plan to talk to the hikers to figure out if this was just a curious cat or a potentially dangerous one getting too close to humans.

What should you do if you come across a puma?

"You should get tall, as we say. Raise your arms above your head. Throw rocks, sticks or stones. Yell at  the mountain lion to get it to go away. Quite often you can scare it off, but you're not supposed to run," said Hart.