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Cloverdale Police Department
Tuesday August 29th, 2017 :: 07:24 a.m. PDT


Mountain Lion Awareness

On Saturday 8/26/17, at approximately 9:00 AM, a dead fawn was located between Pepperwood Drive and Hot Springs Road. Due to the injuries the fawn sustained it’s suspected a mountain lion attacked the fawn and was scared off leaving the fawn behind. If you encounter a mountain lion do not approach it and please follow these basic steps:

• Make yourself appear as large as possible.
Make yourself appear larger by picking up your children, leashing pets in, and standing close to other adults. Open your jacket. Raise your arms. Wave your raised arms slowly.
• Make noise.
Yell, shout, bang your walking stick against a tree. Make any loud sound that cannot be confused by the lion as the sound of prey. Speak slowly, firmly and loudly to disrupt and discourage predatory behavior.
• Act like a predator yourself.
Maintain eye contact. Never run past or from a mountain lion. Never bend over or crouch down. Aggressively wave your raised arms, throw stones or branches, all without turning away.
• Slowly create distance.
Assess the situation. Consider whether you may be between the lion and its kittens, or between the lion and its prey or cache. Back slowly to a spot that gives the mountain lion a path to get away, never turning away from the animal. Give a mountain lions the time and ability to move away.
• Protect yourself.
If attacked, fight back. Protect your neck and throat. People have utilized rocks, jackets, garden tools, tree branches, walking sticks, fanny packs and even bare hands to turn away cougars.

(Information provided by the Mountain Lion Foundation

Cloverdale Police Department
112 Broad St
Cloverdale, CA 95425

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