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Be Aware About Mountain Lions
Mountain lions have been spotted in the vicinity of the San Luis NWR. Below are safety tips for traveling through known mountain lion areas.
DO NOT HIKE ALONE.
Go in groups with adults supervising children.
KEEP CHILDREN CLOSE TO YOU.
Animals seem especially drawn to children. Keep children in sight at all times.
DO NOT APPROACH A LION.
Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
DO NOT RUN FROM A LION.
Running may stimulate a lion’s instinct to chase.
DO NOT CROUCH DOWN OR BEND OVER.
A human standing does not resemble a mountain lion’s natural prey.
DO ALL YOU CAN TO APPEAR LARGER.
Raise your arms. Open your jacket if wearing one. Pick up small children. Waves arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice.
FIGHT BACK IF ATTACKED.
Mountain lions usually try to bite the head or neck; try to remain standing and face the attacking animal.
Immediately report all encounters or attacks to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s 24-hour dispatch center (916) 445-0045 and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – San Luis NWRC (209) 826-3508.
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2014
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