Mountain Lion Sighting in San Elijo Hills
A San Elijo Hills resident of Sagewood has reported a mountain lion sighting today in San Elijo Hills. The residents was jogging up to the ridgeline trail entering off Lighthouse Road around 11AM Monday.
“As I was going up the long steep part with the railing on the side, I noticed an adult sized mountain lion making its way down along the opposite side of the railing. Once it saw me it ran off into bushes and I assume it made its way down towards the ravine. “
The following safety tips are provided by the California Department of Fish and Game. They are based on studies of mountain behavior and analysis of attacks by mountain lions.
- Don’t hike alone.
- Go in groups, with adults supervising children an keep children close to you.
- Observations of captured mountain lions reveal that the animals seem especially drawn to children.
- Keep children within your sight at all times.
- Don’t approach a lion.
- Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation.
- Give them a way to escape.
- Don’t run from a lion.
- Running stimulates a mountain lion’s instinct to chase.
- Instead, stand and face the animal. Make eye contact.
- If you have small children with you, pick them up if possible so that they don’t panic and run.
- Although it may be awkward, pick them up without bending over or turning away from the lion.
- Don’t crouch or bend over.
- A squatting or bending person looks a lot like a four-legged prey animal.
- Do all you can to appear larger.
- Raise your arms.
- Open your jacket if you are wearing one.
- Throw stones, branches or whatever you can reach without crouching or turning your back.
- Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice.
- Fight back if attacked. Some hikers have fought back successfully with sticks, caps, jackets, garden tools and their bare hands.
- Since a mountain lion usually tries to bite the head or neck, try to remain standing and face the attacking animal.
- For more information about mountain lions, contact the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), case of emergency call 911 and DFG at 916-445-0045