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Posted on: February 13, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Possible Mountain Lion Sighting Near Melanie Lane

On 02/12/2017, at approximately 5:30PM, a resident walking on Melanie Lane reported seeing a mountain lion walking in the street. The animal kept moving and was out of sight quickly; it did not appear injured or aggressive.  


Here are some important safety tips for you to remember regarding mountain lions: While it would be rare for a mountain lion to approach humans, you can follow a few simple rules to keep you and your family safe: Do not feed deer. It is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions. If you see a mountain lion DO NOT APPROACH IT, especially one that is feeding or with offspring. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation. Avoid hiking or jogging through wooded areas when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, or at night. Keep a close watch on small children when hiking or traveling in or about wooded areas. If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children. Keep all pets and pet food INDOORS at night. Even the largest domesticated dogs and cats can be prey to a mountain lion.

For more information about mountain lions, please visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website @:


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