A mountain lion was reported 100 feet from the 1000 block of San Carlos Avenue in El Granada. The animal was seen December 23 at approximately 5:20 p.m. in open space, but it retreated toward a more rural area. Sheriff's deputies responded and conducted an area check but were unable to locate the animal. Use caution. Here are some important safety tips for you to remember regarding mountain lions. While it would be rare for a mountain lion to approach humans, you can follow a few simple rules to keep yourself and your family safe:
• Do not feed deer. It is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions.
• If you see a mountain lion, DO NOT APPROACH IT, especially one that is feeding or with offspring. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation.
• Avoid hiking or jogging through wooded areas when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, or at night.
• Keep a close watch on small children when hiking or traveling in or about wooded areas.
• If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms and opening your jacket wide; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children.
• Keep all pets and pet food INDOORS at night. Even the largest domesticated dogs and cats can be prey for a mountain lion.
• For more information about mountain lions: www.keepmewild.org