Look out for mountain lions, Cuesta College says

August 20, 2015

Mountain-LionTwo 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.



  1. CentralcoastRN says:

    Not surprising. I would keep small pets indoors and supervised at all times. Not only do we have a drought, we have a HUGE fire driving out wildlife. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

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  2. Pelican1 says:

    Are they sure they were mountain lions…or were they actually cougars stalking the male students?

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  3. SamLouis says:

    Keeping a canister of pepper/bear spray at hand would also be a prudent precaution.

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    • OnTheOtherHand says:

      I would check the instructions before buying using pepper spray. I vaguely remember reading somewhere (years ago) that pepper spray was not that effective with mountain lions. Also, mountain lions prefer to attack without warning and from behind. Not much can protect you if that happens.

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      • SamLouis says:

        Both pepper and bear spray (differing strengths) are VERY effective against ALL cats.

        No matter how an animal hits, having such spray at hand would be better than nothing.

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      • zaphod says:

        A mask with prominent eyes, worn on the back of your head or bike helmet ,fools big cats

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  4. Ted Slanders says:

    The Mountain Lions at Cuesta College are obviously sent there by our Lord in the form of the Devil because He knows that this college teaches Evolution!

    “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

    In the same manner that our Lord brought forth two she bears to kill 42 children that were taunting Elisha because of his bald head (2 Kings 2: 23-24), He is doing it again by having Mountain Lions appear at Cuesta College to scare non-believers so they will jettison their evolution classes and accept the Bronze Age Christian doctrine of Creationism.

    Non Christian students, for your own safety, and that of others, please leave your Evolution classes and have faith in Christianity’s Creationism. Then, and only then, will our Lord take away the lions that are roaming around your campus.

    “Who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, (Hebrews 11:33)


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    • indigo1955 says:

      The reason I stopped being a Christian: they are so intolerant of other religions–and they pressure others to convert. The Bible always needs a translator–three different people might interpret it in entirely different ways. God is always out to punish, it seems in Ted’s post–with random wildlife appearing only because God wants you to become a Christian.They don’t even teach evolution in schools anymore, do they?

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    • CentralcoastRN says:

      Oh my bad. I thought they came down to show us them thar’ burning bushes up on that thar’ mountain. I am hoping the burning bushes will start speaking and demand a daily sacrifice of corrupt politicians so the fires will stop!

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      • Pelican1 says:

        Steer clear of cougars and burning bushes!

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