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University of California Police Department, Berkeley
Wednesday January 24th, 2018 :: 08:40 p.m. PST


Community Advisory

Mountain Lion Sighting
On January 24, 2018 UCPD received a report of a mountain lion sighting.  A female UC employee was walking on the pathway between Bowles Lot and Foothill Lot on Tuesday, January 23rd at 5:00 p.m. when she encountered a mountain lion cub.  The cub immediately ran away in the direction of the Foothill Housing Unit.

Deer are a major food source for Mountain Lions.  In the past couple of years, several sightings of mountain lions have occurred in the hills above the Berkeley campus and carcasses of animals suspected to have been attacked by mountain lions were also discovered. 
To reduce the chances of encountering a Mountain Lion:
  • Avoid hiking or jogging alone, especially between dusk and dawn, when lions normally do their hunting. Make plenty of noise while you hike so as to reduce the chances of surprising a lion.
  • Always keep children and pets in sight while hiking and within arm's reach in areas that can conceal a lion.
  • Hike with a good walking stick; this can be useful in warding off a lion.
To reduce the chances of an attack when encountering a Mountain Lion:
  • Do not approach a lion, especially if it is feeding or with its young. Most lions will avoid confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
  • 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.  Pick up small children
  • Fight back if attacked. Since a mountain lion usually tries to bite the head or neck, try to remain standing and face the attacking animal. People have successfully fought back with rocks, sticks, or bare hands.
  • If a mountain lion attacks a person, immediately call 911.

University of California Police Department, Berkeley
Barrow Ln
Berkeley, CA 94704

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 510-642-6760

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