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How a fear of humans affects the lives of California's mountain lions

How a fear of humans affects the lives of California's mountain lions

Pumas may be the top carnivores in much of California’s mountains, but there’s still one predator they fear above all else: humans.

When mountain lions hear the sound of human voices, they almost always flee, even if it means abandoning their prey, according to a new study from scientists at UC Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Puma Project.

The findings, published this month in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, may not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the notoriously elusive predators, but they may have...

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