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Mountain Lion Seen in Burbank

Police are issuing warnings for small children and pets.

Burbank police today were warning people who live near open areas to be on the lookout for mountain lions, a day after a big cat was spotted in residential area.

Children and pets should not be left outside by themselves, police said.

A homeowner in the Verdugo foothills photographed a mountain lion in the 1200 block of Verdugo Spring Lane about 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

"Mountain lions are typically quiet, solitary animals that avoid people," police said. "Although more mountain lion sightings have been reported recently, it is important that residents practice precautions."

Police asked that all mountain lion sightings be reported by calling (818) 238-3000.

City officials provide recorded updates on mountain lion sightings and advice for handling encounters via an informational line at (818) 238-3290.

Police advised:

-- Don't feed deer. It is illegal in California to feed deer, and it will attract mountain lions.

-- Trim brush to reduce hiding places for mountain lions.

-- Don't allow pets outside when mountain lions are most active: dawn, dusk, and at night.

-- Bring pet food inside to avoid attracting raccoons, opossums, and other mountain lion prey.

-- Don't leave small children or pets outside unattended.

-- Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.

-- Don't hike, bike, or jog alone.

-- Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active; dawn, dusk, and at night.

-- Don't approach a mountain lion.

-- If you encounter a mountain lion, don't 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.

-- And if attacked, fight back.

If you see anything please post it and tell your neighbors in our COYOTE ALERT!

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Robert Bluman November 19, 2011 at 08:35 AM
I saw a mountain lion in Encino at the intersection of Clear Valley Drive and Royal Mount Drive and High Valley Road. I was in shock as I have never seen anything like it in the neighborhood. A similar cat was seen on Royal Mount Dr. 10 years ago.
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