I grew up in southern California with miles of wild life behind my backyard.
My family and I would always go hiking there and even in elementary and middle school we'd have trail runs for PE or just hiking for science class. From day one I was taught what to do when I saw a mountain lion.
Try to look a LOT bigger than they are. Put your hands up and scream, scare it away, don't run, etc.
Now that's a lot easier to do when you aren't a little 5-year-old boy playing in his backyard, so that's where badass moms come in.
Legend has it that when it comes to protecting their child, moms can wrestle a bear off their baby and it seems like one mom just proved that to be true.
According to CNN, the 5-year old was playing outside with his older brother when their mother heard screams.