A mountain lion was sighted last week near Cedar Ravine with the woman who reported it saying others have also seen one recently.
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Diana Miller of Placerville said she spotted a large one around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, as she was on her way to work. She said she stopped at the stop sign at Darlington Street when the mountain lion crossed out of the creek, ran down Cedar Ravine and then up someone’s driveway towards Marshall Medical Center.
“It was big, full-grown, with a huge black tip on its tail,” said Miller. “This is the first time I’ve ever seen one. It was scary.”
Miller said a friend who lives off Airport Road also found evidence of a mountain lion in some scat it left behind and she heard another report of a mountain lion being seen near Cedar Ravine and Pleasant Valley Roads.
What’s unclear is if it’s the same mountain lion or if there is more than one.
The Agriculture Department and the State Department of Fish and Game have some tips for avoiding contact with mountain lions including not feeding wildlife in your yard as doing so can attract mountain lions. Remove dense or low-lying vegetation where they can hide, and install outdoor lighting, especially along walkways. Keep your pets inside at night and don’t leave their food outdoors where it can attract wildlife and, hence, mountain lions. If you have livestock, keep them in enclosed sheds or barns at night. Make sure your children are inside from dusk to dawn and teach them what to do if they encounter a lion.
For those out hiking, it is suggested you never hike alone and keep a close eye on children since mountain lions are likely to attack them first. If you run across a mountain lion, don’t approach it but don’t run from it either. Instead stand and make eye contact and try to appear larger. If you have small children, pick them up but do so without bending over or crouching down. If you decide to try to scare them off using rocks or branches, again avoid crouching or bending down. The idea is to convince the mountain lion that you are not prey but rather a danger. If you are attacked, fight back with whatever is available, but again try to remain standing and facing the attacking animal.
Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.