"I agree with the "Yell. Throw rocks. Fight back" theory of lion protection, My rocks, however, are relatively small and go really really fast."
- Michael Bane
It's always irked me that gun laws so often disarm us in situations where people are out in nature and vulnerable. Not just vulnerable, but in a situation where the men with guns are going to have a hell of a time getting to you if you need them.
I went and walked the dogs with a family friend recently. It was dusk and we were in a State Park, which meant I couldn't carry even though there have been cougar sightings not too far away.* Hell, Fair Hill in Maryland has a sign warning of cougars and illustrating what to do if you encounter one. Sadly it does not depict shooting the predator in the head, which you couldn't do anyway since you can't carry in Maryland.
*Not that I expect to get attacked by a cougar. Your chances of being attacked by violent 2-legged predators in the park are quite a bit higher.
Then again, being pursued by a cougar might not be a bad thing, but I'm 25 so what do I know ;)