Yes, there are cougars in them woods! Back when Europeans began settling Utah in 1857, they started hunting cougars down since all the way to 1966--they were considered vermin.
They live throughout the entire state of Utah. You might be lucky enough to see one while hiking through the surrounding forests, but never do it alone. It makes me shudder to think that these big cats roam so close to home as well as bears.
What kind of dangerous creatures live in your state?