Neighbors Warned to Be Careful of Mountain Lion in Benbow/Kimtu Area
“Our local camp spot has no animals this year,” wrote a reader in the Benbow/Kimtu area of Southern Humboldt. “No deer. No birds. Just corpses. Literally at least four different kinds of skeletons littered about.”
On June 8, her mother, who lives below the camp spot, lost the last of her cats, Gretal, to the mountain lion. She told us that she saw the above image from her front yard when she checked her game cam.
The area the family lives in is remote. The area was used to rehome wild animals, the mother told us describing with pleasure four of the rehomed bears that have moved through their area.
But they are worried about this mountain lion. They say there is plenty of wild game for it but “this is one is dangerous and has learned to live on pets and has stalked people.”
They warn everyone to be careful hiking or biking in the area.
If you encounter a mountain lion, the National Park Service offers these tips:
- Do not approach a lion. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
- Do not run from a lion. Running may stimulate 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 mountain lion.
- Do not crouch down or bend over. A human standing up is just not the right shape for a lion’s prey. Conversely, a person squatting or bending over resembles a four-legged prey animal. In mountain lion country, avoid squatting, crouching or bending over, even when picking up children.
- Do all you can to appear larger. Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you are wearing one. Again, pick up small children. 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. The idea is to convince the mountain lion that you are not prey and that you may be a danger to it.
- Fight back if attacked. A hiker in southern California used a rock to fend off a mountain lion that was attacking his son. Others 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.