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Cuesta College students, staff warned of recent mountain lion sightings

Posted at 2:27 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 17:27:32-04

The Cuesta College Police Department sent a notice to students and staff Wednesday warning of recent mountain lion sightings.

Police say a mountain lion was spotted on two different evenings this week walking near the edge of the San Luis Obispo campus.

"This will occasionally happen as our campus is adjacent to large open areas where wildlife is more prevalent," the email states.

Anyone who sees a mountain lion at Cuesta College is urged to report it to campus police by calling (805) 546-3205.

Cuesta Police also offered the following safety tips:

  • Do not turn and run. This may encourage the animal to give chase.
  • Face the mountain lion and make yourself look as large as possible. Stand straight up, raise your arms and wave them slowly. Open up a jacket or other outer clothing.
  • Yell, scream, make noise.
  • Throw objects like books or even your backpack at the lion, but do not crouch or bend over to reach any items to throw.
  • If attacked, fight back! Mountain lions have been successfully fended off using items like sticks, clothing, or even bare hands.