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How to Handle a Mountain Lion Encounter

Recent mountain lion sightings in the area prompted police to give these tips on how to behave if you find yourself face-to-face with a mountain lion.

Mountain lion sightings in the foothills have increased over the past couple weeks. Last month, mountain lions were spotted on Camillo Drive and Skyland Drive in Sierra Madre. Last week, a mountain lion dragged a chihuahua out of its dog house and killed it . And, a

The Pasadena Humane Society reminds locals to do their parts to prevent repeat visits by the animal, which could frequent the area anytime from dusk to dawn.

Here are police suggestions if you encounter a mountain lion: 

  • Act large, mountain lions are afraid of people and by acting large you can avoid an attack.
  • Don’t leave small children or pets outside unattended.
  • Don’t allow pets outside when mountain lions are most active.
  • Bring pet food inside to avoid attracting raccoons, opossums, and other potential mountain lion prey.
  • Do not hike, jog, bike alone.
  • Trim overgrown bushes or trees.
  • Never water a lawn at night - it could draw mountain lions thirsty for water.

If you encounter a mountain lion, act big and do not run; face the animal, make a noise and throw rocks or wave your arms. Pick up small children. If you are attacked, fight back. If you are attacked, call 911 immediately.

For more information, call the Pasadena Humane Society & SCPA at (626) 792-7151 or visit wildlife@phsspca.org.

Revvell November 21, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Carry pepper spray in your hand, not in your purse or pocket when out walking. My fave is Inferno. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkszejWidkA
doris finch November 21, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Hmm. Don't water at night because of possible lions, don't water during the day because it wastes water. Rock and a hard place. I guess I'll err on the side of the possible lion and keep watering at night for the most efficient use of water.
Chip Ossman November 21, 2011 at 10:53 PM
what i'll do: Stand large. when it leaves, go inside. get to bathroom, clean pants.
Greg Lozano-Buhl November 22, 2011 at 05:23 AM
Haha, I love the tip to call 911 immediately if attacked!
Revvell November 22, 2011 at 05:38 AM
Absolutely and if you're on your cell phone it'll go straight to the CHP!
Petrea Burchard November 23, 2011 at 04:31 PM
I'm gonna follow Chip's instructions.

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