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Mountain Lion sightings Hollywood Ca. March 2014

LA Animal Services, Mountain Lion sightings in Hollywood March 2014

Mountain Lion Sightings in Los Angeles

LA Animal Service March 19 2014

Los Angeles – Mountain Lions are wild animals and can pose a risk to people and pets. The goal of Los Angeles Animal Services is to educate the public by fostering a relationship of mutual respect between wildlife and the community so we can live together safely. Los Angeles Animal Services asks that the public please exercise caution when encountering mountain lions. The California Department of Fish & Wildlife is the primary agency for all mountain lion issues. 70% of Mountain Lion sightings turn out to be another animal such as deer, a Great Dane, a Bobcat or house cat.

Recent sightings have been reported of the radio collared Mountain lion known as P22 tracked by the National Park Service in the Hollywood Hills. Another Mountain Lion encounter with two dogs at two different locations in Tujunga, CA occurred on March 13, 2014. The second lion is not collared.

Mountain Lion Emergency for situations involving an injured lion, or a mountain lion encounter with another animal in progress, please call: 911, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife Dispatch at (951) 443-2944, then call Los Angeles Animal Services at (888) 452-7381.

Basic Non- Emergency Sightings where the animal is just passing through, call California Department of Fish & Wildlife at (951) 443-2969. The Department of Animal Services Wildlife Program may be reached at (323) 225-WILD (9453) for information on deterrents, aversion tactics, and property alteration recommendations.

A Mountain Lions primary diet is deer supplemented by rabbits and rodents. On rare occasions, they will prey upon pets and livestock. On extremely rare occasions Mountain Lions have attacked humans. Please follow the below recommendations, if you encounter a Mountain Lion.

Staying Safe in Mountain Lion Country

  • Do not feed deer; it is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions.

  • Deer-proof landscaping by avoiding plants that deer like to eat.

  • Trim brush to reduce hiding places for mountain lions.

  • Don’t leave small children or pets outside unattended.

  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.

  • Provide sturdy, covered shelters for sheep, goats, and other vulnerable animals.

  • Don’t allow pets outside when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, and at night.

  • 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.

  • If attacked, fight back.

  • If a mountain lion attacks a person, immediately call 911.

  • Mountain lion FAQ -

The Los Angeles Animal Services has a Wildlife Program which can be reached at (323) 225-9453 for information on deterrents, aversion tactics, or a property assessment to provide property alteration recommendations.

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