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Mountain lion sighting spike in Shasta County

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says their getting an unusually high number of reports of mountain lion sightings in Shasta County this fall.

Posted: Dec 10, 2019 5:56 PM
Updated: Dec 11, 2019 1:06 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says their getting an unusually high number of reports of mountain lion sightings in Shasta County this fall.

Action News Now spoke to wildlife experts who say that although mountain lion attacks on humans are fairly rare, the best thing to do if you happen to encounter one is to remain calm and dial 911.

Wildlife experts say that they think people are seeing more mountain lions this year because of a rise in the deer population.

Experts recommend that people trim their brush on their property to reduce any possible hiding places and also to bring any pet food inside so that it won't attract any mountain lion prey.

More tips from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife include:

  • Acknowledge that you live in mountain lion country and make a commitment to educate yourself. Talk to your neighbors and work together.
  • Never feed deer or other wildlife; it is illegal to feed deer and other big game in California and it will attract mountain lions.
  • Deer-proof your landscaping by avoiding plants that deer like to eat. For tips, request A Gardener’s Guide to Preventing Deer Damage from CDFW offices.
  • Trim brush to reduce hiding places for mountain lions.
  • Don’t leave small children or pets outside unattended.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
  • Provide sturdy, covered shelters for sheep, goats, and other vulnerable animals.
  • Don’t allow pets outside when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, and at night.
  • Bring pet food inside to avoid attracting raccoons, opossums, and other potential mountain lion prey.

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