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.”


Green area near Zane Middle School where the big cat was spotted. [Photo provided by reader.]

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.
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  • Send Dog Killer in, he’ll find em.


    I hope it migrated and set up shop behind the mall.

  • Male mountain lions have varying home ranges, recorded from 10-500 square miles. Females have a home range of 8-400 square miles. This one is probably long gone. The variation differs throughout the states where mountain lions make their homes. Home ranges have been smaller in Big Sur than other CA locations, for example & differ between CA and Texas. So human encroachment in an area many miles away can affect where a big cat wanders. I was told if you are hiking/walking & hear something walking when you walk and stopping when you stop, be alert for lion nearby. A walking stick works great for making yourself look big should you need to. Also know a few ladies who were out walking in the hills with an umbrella (randomly) & encountered a mtn lion; they all said they raised the umbrella up & waved it around to look big, then opened the umbrella and the cat ran away fast!!! It makes sense, an umbrella opening could make you look a LOT bigger 🙂

  • Are you fucking kidding me? Are they retarded? Searching for a mountain lion?
    They must be smoking some dope as well, do they not realize that cougars aka mountain lions are wild animals that are experts at not being seen.
    They must be high on crack

  • Well, and, it might’ve been a great dane….

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