Mountain Lion Photographed Around Bayside Cutoff
A large mountain lion was captured on camera prowling near a residence in the area of the Bayside Cutoff a little over a week ago. “[A]ll summer we’ve been watching what looked like a “scent mound” on our driveway,” said resident Lisa LaBolle. Finally, to see what was up, her daughter, Ramona LaBolle, set up a wildlife camera that captured this image (and several others) at 1:30 a.m. on August 28.
The family didn’t check the images until this morning when they discovered the large cat had strolled by their garage.
Southwest Wildlife’s Educational Director, Kevin Hansen urges people who live in Mountain Lion country to take the following precautions:
Make lots of noise if you come and go during the times mountain lions are most active—dusk to dawn.
• Closely supervise children whenever they play outdoors. Make sure children are inside before dusk and not outside before dawn. Talk with children about lions and teach them what to do if they meet one.
• Don’t feed wildlife! Feeding deer, javelina or other wildlife in your yard may attract mountain lions, which prey on these animals. Avoid landscaping with plants that attract deer and rabbits, especially non-native shrubs and plants.
• Landscape for safety. Remove dense and/or low-lying vegetation that provides hiding places for mountain lions, bobcats, and coyotes—especially around children’s play areas. Make it difficult for wild predators to move about or approach your yard unseen.
• Install outdoor lighting. Light areas where you walk so you could see a lion if one were present.
• Keep your pet under control. Roaming pets are easy prey and can attract lions. Bring pets in at night. If you leave your pet outside, keep it in a kennel with a secure top. Don’t feed pets outside; this can attract raccoons and other animals that are eaten by lions. Securely store all garbage.
• Place livestock in enclosed sheds or barns at night. Close doors to outbuildings to prevent inquisitive lions from entering.
• Encourage your neighbors to follow these simple precautions. Prevention is far better than a possible lion encounter.