Cougars are hunted out here, so they are pretty scared of people and there aren't very many of them. I would actually love to see one someday (safely of course).
We were at the game & fish department one day getting our fishing licenses and there was a couple with a HUGE dead cougar in the back of their pick-up truck and a smashed bumper. The truck was brand new and they hit a cougar. What are the odds of that!? I think game & fish let them keep it. It was beautiful and I think the were going to make a rug out of it, but it would have been a real trophy stuffed!