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Mountain lion sighted

Don't feed deer; don't leave food outside.

Last night, at approximately 10 p.m., a resident reported a mountain lion on Raymond Avenue. The animal, he said, traveled towards Laurel Avenue and then up the fire trail.

San Anselmo Police responded to the report and searched the area with negative results. The California Department of Fish and Game and the Marine Humane Society were informed about the possible sighting.

The officers also went door-to-door in the neighborhood and distributed a warning, along with pamphlets from the Department of Fish and Game with advice about avoiding run-ins with mountain lions.

The Police Department is reminding residents not to feed deer -- it is illegal in California and will attract mountain lions. Residents are also advised not to leave pets outside at dawn, dusk, or during the night when lions are most active. Pet food should also be brought inside to avoid attracting raccoons, opossums, or other mountain lion prey.

If you do encounter a mountain lion, do not run. According to the police, you should, instead, face the lion, make noise, and try to look large by waving your arms or throwing rocks. If attacked, fight back.

mike coster December 03, 2010 at 01:58 AM
Where are the hunters when you need them. Oh yeah, they left the state. Scorned and vilified, they left. Sad commentary on the city and state of my birth.
Life in the Bubble December 03, 2010 at 03:10 AM
Why would someone call the police if they saw a mountain lion that wasn't threatening anyone? Good grief people. Mountain lions, bobcats, and coyotes are part of the natural environment. We moved into their neighborhoods, not the other way around. If they are not causing harm, don't waste the time of the police. If you find yourself getting freaked out by animals, perhaps consider a condo or apartment in SF, where you can watch "Shark Week," and "When Animals Attack" on the discovery channel without actually having to see animals. Otherwise, enjoy the experience of seeing a mountain lion. They see you far more often than you see them.....
Kelly Dunleavy O'Mara December 03, 2010 at 03:57 AM
Actually, I know some people that hunt, but you need permits and have to do it in certain areas and at certain times. I certainly don't think that would be a good idea in these situations -- since the wooded areas discussed are near residences and relatively heavily trafficked. And, I haven't been able to find anything about the last time a mountain lion or bobcat attacked anyone in Marin? It wasn't in the last decade, that's for sure. (That being said, I was running at dusk on the trails by myself today and holy s&*%, it was terrifying when some bobcat-like animal ran in front of me. I pretty much just ran the last couple miles as fast as I could, yelling the whole time.)

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