Mountain Lion Spotted Near Riverwalk Shell
Employees of the Riverwalk Shell Station (1791 Riverwalk Drive, Fortuna) reported seeing a mountain lion in their parking lot, earlier this morning at approximately 6AM. The mountain lion reportedly killed a feral cat near the vicinity of their parking lot. Employees notified Fortuna PD and Department of Fish and Wildlife.
This area of Fortuna offers a popular walking path along the Eel River. Should you cross paths with a mountain lion, Department of Fish and Wildlife recommend you do the following:
- 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.
- If attacked, fight back.
- If a mountain lion attacks a person, immediately call 911.
Please report any additional sightings to the Fortuna Police Department – 725-7550, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department – 445-7251, or Department of Fish and Wildlife – 445-6493. For emergency situations, please use 911.