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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Where San Francisco's Mountain Lion Has Been Spotted

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM

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For the first time in many years, a mountain lion is roaming San Francisco. A joint press release from the Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and San Francisco Animal Care and Control announced yesterday that four wildcat sightings have been reported recently, although only one was confirmed by video surveillance camera.

All four sightings are believed to have been of the same animal, which apparently gets around. On June 30, it was spotted in Sea Cliff and in the Western Presidio; on July 1, it was cruising the 1000 block of Gough Street; and on July 3, it was slinking around Lake Merced.

According to the press release, the lion appears to be heading south and has not been seen since July 3. The good news is that mountain lions are naturally wary of humans (as you should be in San Francisco), but if you do find yourself eye-to-eye with one, here’s some advice courtesy of the Presidio Trust:

  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Do not approach the Mountain Lion.
  • Make noise.
  • Do not turn your back or run.
  • Appear as big and threatening as possible.
  • Give the Mountain Lion room to run away. Do not corner it.

And If the lion appears threatening:

  • Pull children close to you and pick them up without crouching down.
  • Throw rocks sticks, water bottles, backpacks, and any heavy objects available to you.
  • Speak loudly and firmly. Wave your arms and clap your hands above your head.
  • Fight back if attacked. Do not play dead or lie down.

If you need to report a sighting of your own, contact San Francisco Animal Care and Control Emergency Dispatch at (415) 554-9400 or at 311. 

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