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Mountain lion possibly spotted at UC apartments Tuesday

Sightings of mountain lions in the Berkeley hills seem to be increasing

The UC Police this morning reported an unverified sighting of a mountain lion on Tuesday night at the Smythe-Fernwald apartment complex off Dwight Way. According to the police, there was an  unverified sighting of two mountain lions running north on Lawrence Road toward Glaser Road at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab in December.

In August, 2010, a mountain lion wandered into the Gourmet Ghetto late at night. It was eventually shot by police, who were concerned about the safety of residents in a densely populated area. Experts from the state Department of Fish and Game said at the time that mountain lions were attracted by the easy availability of prey — the growing deer population in the East Bay Regional Parks.

Fish and Game provides advice on its website for people that live in “mountain lion country” — over half of California’s land area. Among the suggestions are:

  • Avoid hiking alone, particularly between dusk and dawn, when lions normally do their hunting.
  • Keep a close watch on small children.
  • If you do 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 approach a lion, especially if it is feeding or with its young.
  • If attacked, fight back.

The Fish and Game policy is to kill mountain lions that threaten people. According to the department, moving mountain lions is not an option, because it causes deadly conflicts with other lions.

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  • Anonymous

    Here we go again…this seems to be the norm now, more deer than ever in the Berkeley hills means more mountain lions. I’ve lived in Berkeley for almost 50 years and have never experienced the numbers of deer we have roaming the streets as we do now, and that only means one thing easy dinner for the mountain lions. the deer cant run well on the pavement but the lions do pretty well to adapt to running on the hard surface which equals easy prey but the deer keep coming for the abundant food supply in our gardens.

  • John Holland

    Maybe they can eat the turkeys.

  • julie

    At first I thought you meant the mayor, until I clicked on the link.

  • Completely Serious

    There’s a lot of cougars on College Avenue — most of them are at the bar at Wood Tavern.

    Thanks very much.  I’ll be here all week.

  • Owen

    Nice one Completely Serious. I genuinely laughed.