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El Dorado County Animal Services has received two reports of mountain lion sightings this week in the meadow area between Black Bart Avenue and Al Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe.  “In both instances, the mountain lion appeared to be calm and did not exhibit any aggressive behavior,” said Lt. Robert Gerat, Supervising Animal Services Officer. “But since the sightings were reported in a populated area, we wanted to inform the community and remind them to be alert to their surroundings.” 

The first sighting was reported on Tuesday, April 16, at approximately 2:00 p.m., when an individual saw the mountain lion walking across the meadow from a South Tahoe Public Utility District building toward Lake Tahoe Community College.  The second sighting was reported in the meadow on Thursday, April 18 at approximately 4:30 p.m. when an individual was walking their dogs and saw the mountain lion laying in the field about 60 yards away.  In neither case did the mountain lion approach the individuals.  

The California Department of Fish and Game recommends the following regarding mountain lions:

  • Do not hike, bike or jog alone. Go in groups, with adults supervising children.
  • Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active – dawn, dusk and at night.  
  • Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended.
  • Do not approach a mountain lion. 
  • If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms or other objects.  Pick up small children. 
  • If attacked, fight back. 
  • If a mountain lion attacks a person, immediately call 911.

Additional tips regarding mountain lions can be found at the California Department of Fish and Game website, of the public may call El Dorado County Animal Services in South Lake Tahoe to report routine, non-aggressive sightings of mountain lions, at (530) 573-7925.  In an emergency, or if a mountain lion is exhibiting aggressive behavior, call 911.

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