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Mountain lion spotted under pickup truck in Santa Ynez neighborhood

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(Credit: Photo sent from Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office) (Credit: Photo sent from Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)

Wildlife officials are offering safety tips to the public after a mountain lion was sighted in a Santa Ynez residential neighborhood Thursday.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says the mountain lion was seen on the 3100 block of Samantha Drive at 7:30 a.m. The sheriff's office says deputies found the cat under a pick-up truck.

The mountain lion then left the area before agents with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife responded. Later that night it was spotted again, but quickly left before deputies showed up. 

Department officials sent out the following tips to avoid future scenarios with wild animals: 

  • Don't feed deer; it is illegal in California and they attract mountain lions.
  • Deer-proof your landscaping by avoiding plants that deer like to eat. 
  • Trim brush to reduce hiding places for mountain lions. 
  • Do not 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 any pet food inside to avoid attracting raccoons, opossums, and other potential mountain lion prey.  

If you're ever near a mountain lion, officials say not to run. Instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms, and throw rocks or nearby objects. 

"If attacked, fight back," read the press release. 

If you spot a mountain lion in a residential neighborhood, the sheriff's office says to call 911 immediately. 

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