Mountain Lion Spotted in Eureka

Eureka Police Captain Steve Watson that a mountain lion was seen in Eureka this afternoon. He tweeted at 3:48 p.m.

The big cat was in relatively populated area. See map below.


However, the school is located along a greenbelt. See Google map aerial view below.



Watson later tweeted that the cat was seen near the far northwest corner of the school grounds.

UPDATE 10:10 p.m.:

Zane Middle School posted the following caution a little after 9 p.m.:

This is Eureka City Schools. We had a confirmed mountain lion siting on the north side of the Zane Campus today. As a precaution, we ask that students avoid walking through any wooded trails to school including the McFarland Street trail until Fish and Game and EPD indicate that it is safe. Please ask your student to use caution as they travel to and arrive at school in the morning. From the Mount Lion Foundation website, it is recommended that if you encounter a mountain lion, you make yourself appears as large as possible and make noise. Maintain eye contact and never run away from a mountain lion. Back slowly to a spot that allows the mountain lion a path to get away, never turning away fro m the animal.

Please be assured that we will have additional staff and security on duty first thing in the morning. Thank you.

Note: Please share this message so many in the Zane community are informed as possible.

UPDATE Monday: Photos of the area around where the mountain lion was spotted.
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