Do you have a degree in Wildlife biology? Do have a house cat? You should do some research on Cougar attacks in the lower 48. I have. Like I said, you are more likely to win the lottery twice in one day than get attacked by a mountain lion. My feeling is that Vancouver Island, is well, and island. Cougars are forced into human interaction and therefore become habituated and aggressive. VI has one of the densest populations of cougar on earth. Cats are very afraid of humans. Think about it, if they weren't most anyone hiking in the woods would be an easy meal, easy. Too much human interaction turns curiosity into predation. Never turn your back on a cat. Never bend over and drink water with your back to the woods (this can trigger the predator instinct. Many deer are killed when drinking from a stream. If a cat is stalking you, face it and walk in its direction--- it will take off. This indicates to the cat that you’re not afraid and therefore not prey potential. Find deep water. Yes, it’s a myth that cougar don’t like water, but it is true that it’s very rare a cat will go in water where they are forced to swim. As I mentioned, they‘re looking for weakness. I will say this; whenever I take my kids in the woods, I always make them walk in front of me. That way, I appear to be the weakest link. The bottom line is----- fear is unnecessary.