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Lions, Bull Elk and Bears, oh my!

By October 7, 2011

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I recently wrote about the danger or running into bears in the outdoors, but mountain lions and bull elk too?

Yep, bears aren't the only species you should be aware of while fishing and hiking in the backcountry.

As The Dallas Morning News writes, anglers should be wary of bull elk, which can weigh more than 600 pounds and be extremely aggressive during the breeding season.

The Oregon Department of Fish and game is also cautioning outdoors goers to watch for cougars when hiking around known hunting grounds such as the Folley Waters area.

Last weekend, KBND.com reports, a Redmond man encountered an aggressive cougar while fly fishing.

As with bears, the department recommends anglers fish in pairs, carry pepper spray and try to make yourself appear as big as possible and slowly walk back away from big animals such as bears, cougars or bull elk.

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