Mountain lion sighted in Pismo Beach

October 19, 2011

The Pismo Beach Police department has confirmed a recent mountain lion sighting near Chumash Park.

Police are warning the public to exercise caution in the park and surrounding areas.

The following are guidelines regarding encounters with mountain lions:

• Do not hike, bike, or jog alone.

• Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active—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. Pickup small children.

• If attacked, fight back.

• If a mountain lion attacks a person, immediately call 911.

Residents are advised to contact the Pismo Beach Police department if they observe a mountain lion anywhere in the city of Pismo Beach. Call  773-2208  or  911.

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Maybe the same creature spotted on the dunes a while back.

More and more every year…

I would love to see one :) (not at the zoo)