That bodes well for your survival odds, as cougars are quite capable of killing humans. The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for Florida, where panthers still roam, recommends that you increase your vigilance at dawn and dusk, because the predators move at night. They tend to stalk smaller targets, such as pets and small children, so if you do encounter a rogue big cat, make eye contact and try to appear larger by raising your arms and avoiding crouching. Do not run or turn your back, but don't approach the animal either—if there's an escape route, the cougar will take it. If the cat does attack, try to remain on your feet to keep your head and neck out of the animal's reach—and fight back.