Apparently, a Mountain Lion was spotted in Sunnyvale, along the San Francisco Bay shoreline. This is the last place I’d expect to see a cougar roaming about. Yikes. I wonder if Mountain View posted warnings at Shoreline Park or Sunnyvale at Baylands Park.
This email was sent by my company this week.
Subject: Mountain Lion Sighting: Be Cautious on Trails Surrounding the Sunnyvale Campus
Please use caution when using the trails surrounding the Sunnyvale campus. This past Saturday, several trail users reported seeing a mountain lion within 100 yards of our campus, just north of Twin Creeks Field #4 near the trail of Baylands Park.
If you plan to use the trails
Mountain lions are quiet, solitary and elusive, and typically avoid people — attacks on humans are extremely rare.Â However, conflicts are increasing as California â??s human population expands into mountain lion habitat.
Here are a few tips to follow:
- Do not hike, bike or jog alone.
- Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most activeâ??dawn, dusk, and at night.
- Keep a close watch on small children.
- Do not approach a mountain lion.
- If you 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. Â Pick up small children.
- If attacked, fight back.
- If a mountain lion attacks a person, immediately call 911.
For more information about mountain lions, visit the California Department of Fish and Game:Â http://www.dfg.ca.gov.