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Mountain lion sighting prompts warning for parents at Fort Hunter Liggett

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Fort Hunter Liggett is warning people on base to keep an eye on small children when they're outside after recent wildlife sightings have been reported.

The base posted video on Facebook last month of a mountain lion that was seen inside the cantonment gate near the housing area.

While officials were able to persuade the approximately 90- to 100-pound cat to leave the area, exiting out a chain-link fence, the base wants people to know that animals like these, along with rattlesnakes, do pose a risk to small children.

In a Facebook post, Fort Hunter Liggett Police Chief Leonard Lovett said, "Since we live in their habitat, it is prudent to expect wild animal encounters in the cantonment."

Lovett said once the mountain lion was discovered in January, FHL police kept an eye on it at all times until it left the area.

Fort Hunter Liggett is located in southern Monterey County.

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