Look out for mountain lions, Cuesta College says
August 20, 2015
Two mountain lion sighting occurred on the Cuesta College campus over the past three weeks, prompting the college’s police department to warn students and faculty.
Both sightings occurred near the college’s maintenance yard close to the O’Connor Road entrance along the campus’s southwest border. The first sighting occurred on the evening of August 3 and the second happened around 9 p.m. on Monday, according to a Cuesta College news release.
On Monday, two mountain lion cubs were spotted. One mountain lion was spotted on August 3.
“We are asking Cuesta College students and personnel to be very vigilant and aware of their surrounding while on campus, especially in the evenings, Cuesta College Police Chief Joseph Arteaga is quoted as saying. “We are recommending that when parking on campus, to avoid roadway perimeters and instead park in the inner area of the parking lots.”
Campus police say anyone who encounters a mountain lion should directly face the animal, appear as large as possible and yell. Do not turn and run, police say.
The campus police department requests that mountain lion sightings be immediately reported to Campus Safety at 546-3205.