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Hikers capture encounter with mountain lion at Sequoia National Park

WATCH: Hikers come terrifyingly close...

FRESNO, Calif. - A couple hikers in the Sequoia National Park area came face-to-face with a mountain lion last week. 

Brian McKinney and Sam Vonderheide were backpacking the High Sierra Trail when they spotted a mountain lion just feet from them. 

The two tried to scare the animal away, but it seemed completely unfazed. 

You can see in the video that the two men freeze and one asks," What are we supposed to do?" 

The men ended up just walking away and the lion the didn't follow. 

A biologist told them that the mountain lion may have just finished hunting and wasn't interested in them. 

“The big thing these visitors did right was that they didn’t panic and run, even after they were surprised by seeing the mountain lion perched above them.  Probably the most important message to get out to visitors is not to act like prey if they encounter a mountain lion,” said Wildlife Biologist Daniel Gammons.

Wildlife officials want to urge the public that "National Parks are wild places, and visitors should always be mindful of their surroundings. For your safety and theirs, do not approach animals, regardless of size. Observe wildlife from a distance, avoid hiking alone, and be sure to tell friends or family your plans and when you plan to return."
 


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