Hiking in California or Utah, we risked meeting up with mountain lions. Hiking in New England, we risk encounters with ticks.
I’m much more anxious about the ticks than I ever was about mountain lions.
This might be because of the sneakiness of ticks. Pretty much if you’ve made it through your hike without seeing a mountain lion, you’re in the clear. You’re unlikely to find a mountain lion hiding between your toes or inside your ear after you’re home.
Ticks, on the other hand are not so straightforward.