Sunday, September 17, 2006

Mountain lion spotted in city on California's North Coast


The Arcata Police Department offered tips to help residents deal with mountain lions after one was reportedly seen by residents and an APD officer in the vicinity of Tanglewood Road in Arcata.

According to a news release issued by the APD, residents reported seeing a mountain lion in their yard at 1:04 a.m. Sunday. The animal ran into the surrounding area, but was later seen by the police officer near Forest Avenue, before the mountain lion ran into another yard.

In the release, the APD reminds residents who encounter mountain lions that there are specific steps that can be taken to deter attacks.

“Look large. Raise your arms and yell,” the release stated. “Throw stones, branches or whatever you can reach without bending over. Don’t crouch or bend over. Keep pets and children close to you. Don’t run. Running may stimulate the lion’s instinct to chase. Besides, they are faster than you. Fight back if attacked. Remain standing and face the animal. Most mountain lions do their best to avoid an encounter. They usually don’t want anything to do with humans.”

Residents who see a mountain lion should report the sighting to relevant law enforcement authorities and to the California Department of Fish and Game.

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