Fish and Wildlife Searches Greenbelt Around Zane, No Sign of a Mountain Lion
Lt. AJ Bolton of the Department of Fish and Wildlife was at Zane Middle School and the nearby greenbelt this morning looking for any sign of the mountain lion sighted yesterday. Bolton said he “did a pretty extensive field search [and] I didn’t see any mountain lions or any sign of one.”
Bollton said that there could have been a big cat in the area. “I never rule out the possibility that one might have come in to an urban area,” he said. “They follow food sources.”However, he said that he “searched the area extensively around campus” looking for a mountain lion that might have been injured or displaced from its regular area. “I couldn’t find anything,” he stated.
Bolton believes that students and residents are not in any danger. “The campus as far as I could check is secure,” he stated.
However, there is always the possibility that wild animals could roam the area. “We do live in mountain lion country,” he pointed out. He added that everyone should be aware of how to act. Below are some suggestions should you actually encounter the mostly elusive creatures. Meanwhile, remember that there have been only 14 attacks (11 were not fatal) during nearly 30 years of record keeping in the entire State of California.
Tips from Dept. of Fish and Wildlife on Staying Safe in Mountain Lion Country
- Mountain lions are quiet, solitary and elusive, and typically avoid people.
- Mountain lion attacks on humans are extremely rare. However, conflicts are increasing as California’s human population expands into mountain lion habitat.
- Do not hike, bike, or jog alone.
- Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active – dawn, dusk, and at night.
- Keep a close watch on small children.
- Do not approach a mountain lion.
- 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. (Do not crouch or bend low if possible–you may look more like prey.)
- If attacked, fight back.
- If a mountain lion attacks a person, immediately call 911.