Do I need to carry pepper spray when I´m hiking or camping? When you think about dangerous animals in the great outdoors, we worry most about bears. Yes, a bear attack can happen in many areas of the United States. But mountain lions and cougars (since 1970 there has been an average of 14 cougar attacks per year on people) are also a very real threat. This is a good reason to carry pepper spray when hiking.
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