Originally Posted by ButterfliEterna
A gun would be worth it...
Maybe. If you know how to use it - and I don't mean just knowing how to point it and pull the trigger. Too many people just think of a gun as a magic talisman.
From what I've read, the typical cougar attack involves the animal pouncing on its quarry's neck, from behind*. So you're not likely to see one on the trail ahead, and have it come running towards you, giving you time to draw, thumb the safety off, aim, and fire. And can you hit a moving target?
*So maybe the best defense against cougar attacks is to carry a good-sized backpack