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Mountain Lions are so scared of humans that the sound of talk radio sends them running

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This puma is putting on a brave face.

Talk radio can be scary for humans, but for mountain lions, it’s enough to put them off their dinner.

Studies in California showed that mountain lions (also called pumas) would change how they ate in areas where humans were more present, like subdivisions or developments. Recent kills of deer or other small creatures are abandoned more frequently in more populated areas, and biologists were curious; what was it about people that was scaring these big cats away from their hard-earned dinner?

Justine Smith studies pumas in California, and became interested in figuring

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