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Police report possible mountain lion sighting in Berkeley

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UC Berkeley Police have issued an alert about a possible mountain lion sighting on Berkeley Lab property.

The department said it received a report from a Lab employee who said they had seen a mountain lion near Building 90 on Thursday Nov. 20.

Over the weekend, workers also found a small deer carcass that may have been killed by a mountain lion, UCPD said in a press release. The carcass was located on a foot trail near Parking Lot D. … Continue reading »

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Mountain lion tracks seen in Claremont Canyon Preserve

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Mountain lion tracks have been sighted in the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, according to Tom Stienstra, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle.

In his regular outdoors column published on Sunday Jan. 19, Stienstra noted two readers had reported being shocked at seeing the distinctive tracks.

“One of the tracks, reported by Bob Felton, occurred when he was walking his dogs and they became agitated and led him to the paw print,” wrote Stienstra. … Continue reading »

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Mountain lion sightings in Berkeley raise concerns

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Concerns about mountain lions prowling the Berkeley hills are mounting with new reported sightings and the posting of signs alerting local residents to their possible presence.

On Thursday Nov. 15, UC Berkeley police received unconfirmed information of a mountain lion sighting near Building 26 at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). UCPD conducted a search of the area and was unable to locate any signs of mountain lion activity or presence.

The last sighting reported in the media was on Oct. 19 when a woman walking with her child in a stroller and their dog on a trail spotted a cougar next to a Kensington home near the Berkeley border. … Continue reading »

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Mountain lion sighting forces Lab staff to shelter in place

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Update, 2:31pm: Authorities have determined that the mountain lion has moved on, Lab staff who had been told to shelter in place have been given the all-clear, and McMillan Road has been reopened, according to Lab spokesperson Jon Weiner.

Original story: A confirmed mountain lion sighting has closed part of McMillan Road on the Berkeley Lab campus in the Berkeley hills today, and employees in several nearby Lab buildings are being asked to shelter in place until told otherwise.

The Lab sent an internal email to staff at 1:47 pm today alerting them of the situation. It said that the UC police were on the scene and California Fish & Game was also responding.

At 2:20pm Lab spokesperson Jon Weiner said police and California Fish & Game staff were tracking the animal. The decision to ask employees to stay indoors is standard protocol, he said. “Any time there is any potential danger to employees we would take this step.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Lab staff on alert after sighting of lion and cubs

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Staff at the Berkeley Lab are being warned to avoid walking or jogging alone and using isolated walkways at dusk or nighttime after a female mountain lion with her cubs was sighted between Buildings 65 and 88 at around 5:00 am this morning.

Lab spokesperson Jon Weiner confirmed the Lab sent out an internal memo to its staff this morning to warn them to be alert and to take precautions. “There were apparently deer in the vicinity of where the mountain lion was spotted,” he said.

The Lab has posted signs around its campus and at its entrance gates, and has a webpage devoted to the subject that is continually updated for its employees and guests.

“Mountain lions generally exist where deer are found, as was the case this morning,” reads the internal email. “Warning signs have been placed at walkways and gate entrances. As a precaution, the use of isolated stairs/walkways at dusk, night, or dawn is discouraged. Warning signs have been placed at all Lab gates. To limit an interaction with a mountain lion, avoid hiking or jogging in the undeveloped areas of the Lab alone or at dawn, dusk or night.” … Continue reading »

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Mountain lion and her cubs spotted in Berkeley hills

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UC police are warning hikers to be on the outlook for a mountain lion and her cubs that may be living near the Greek Theater.

In the past few weeks, hikers have reported several sightings of a mountain lion, including one on Thursday.

“In the past few weeks there have been several sightings of a mountain lion and her cubs near the Switching Station #6 construction site on the western side of Stern Hall,” UC Police said in a safety alert sent out Tuesday. “The latest sighting was of a female mountain lion which occurred on Thursday, July 19th.”

Stern Hall is located on Gayley Road right near the Greek Theater.

Last year, there were several sightings of mountain lions in the hills above campus, according to police. Hikers also found carcasses of deer and other animals, providing further evidence that mountain lions were living nearby. … Continue reading »

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A mountain lion was seen walking away from a building at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on Wednesday this week at approximately 8:22 a.m., according to the UC Berkeley police. There have been several sightings of mountain lions in Berkeley in recent months. Last August a mountain lion was shot and killed after being found walking around the Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood. A mother lion and her two cubs, along with deer and goat carcasses, were spotted in September in the LBL area, while, in October, a Berkeleyan reported seeing a mountain lion “sauntering” across Park Hills Road.

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Do the Berkeley police need wildlife training?

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It was recently reported that the Oakland Police Department is to undergo mandatory annual training in handling dogs and wildlife. This came in the wake of two cases in which officers shot respectively a fawn and a dog in the city.

Berkeleyside was curious to find out whether the Berkeley Police Department might choose to follow suit, given that wildlife has been something of an issue in our city’s streets over the past few months.

Back in May a lone deer … Continue reading »

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Mountain lion seen ‘sauntering’ on Park Hills Road

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Following the Gourmet Ghetto mountain lion and the lion and cubs seen near LBL, Mark Rieffel reported the following sighting on the Park Hills neighborhood listserv:

This morning (Sunday) shortly before 9 AM my wife Jan drove south on the segment of Park Hills Rd between the island where it meets Woodside and the island where it ends at Shasta. As she was right by the last house on the right, a mountain lion sauntered across Park Hills Rd, just past … Continue reading »

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The Gourmet Ghetto mountain lion: final word

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The Department of Fish and Game has completed the necroscopy of the mountain lion found in the Gourmet Ghetto on Aug. 31. According to Warden Patrick Foy, the lion was a 2-year-old male, and had a “reasonably healthy weight.”

Foy said that there were two possible explanations for the animal wandering into such a built-up area. “It could have been an escaped pet, but that’s less likely,” he said. “More likely the animal was coming out of the Berkeley … Continue reading »

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In memoriam: Berkeley’s mountain lion

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Some Berkeleyans, saddened by the mountain lion shot by police early Tuesday morning, have established an informal memorial to the animal at Shattuck and Cedar.

As Berkeleyside has reported previously, wildlife experts say that the Berkeley police had little choice but to shoot the animal. Tranquillizers are not readily available, even for Fish and Game patrols, and a tranquillized animal can become an even greater danger.

An open letter from Zara McDonald, executive director of the Continue reading »

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Mountain lion calls swamp police, including 911 calls

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The shooting of the Gourmet Ghetto mountain lion has provoked enormous debate here on Berkeleyside. It has also generated a wave of calls to the Berkeley Police Department.

According to Sergeant Mary Kusmiss, the BPD public information officer, many calls have expressed “gratitude and sadness”, but there has also been “outrage” and “many whys”.

There has also been “screaming abuse and name calling”, as well as “a whole myriad of other creative ideas and commentary”.

The problem for … Continue reading »

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Why the Berkeley mountain lion was not tranquillized

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Our story yesterday, about the Gourmet Ghetto mountain lion which was shot and killed at 3.26am on Walnut Street, elicited unprecedented interest from Berkeleyside readers. Many of the commenters on the story wondered, in particular, why the police officers shot the lion, rather than tranquillize it.

According to Fish and Game warden Patrick Foy, there are very few instances where tranquillizers are an option with mountain lions. “When the animals are bounding over fences, as happened in Berkeley, … Continue reading »

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