The natural beauty of Lime Lake is what attracted us to this area. A sign that our environment is healthy is the return of sandhill cranes, bald eagles, black bears and cougars (aka mountain lion) to the area around the lake.
Black bears and (mountain) Lions! Oh my!
Black bears and cougars tend to be shy and an encounter is rare but it is wise to know how to behave if you should come across them.
Keep dogs on a leash
Keep children next to you when hiking.
Do not approach a cougar. The cougar is a state-listed endangered species fully protected by law.
If you encounter a cougar:
Remain calm - Do NOT run!
Pick up small children immediately
Stand up and spread your arms to make yourself look big
Maintain eye contact, back away slowly
If approached, wave your arms, shout and throw sticks or rocks