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Mountain Lions Spotted in Burbank, Prompting Warnings

You think coyotes are bad? Imagine staring down a giant cat.

The coyotes seem to be getting more and more bold and brazen in Studio City neighborhoods, and the that locals have contribtuted to have been credited with saving the lives of many pets.

But imagine seeing a mountain lion?

A particular large cat has wandered the hills above Burbank and frightened some residents. Some people can only hear the bone-chilling screech of the cat, but others have seen it in backyards and even crossing the streets late at night.

Half a dozen joggers and bikers have reported seeing big cats, especially around the country club in the foothills of the Verdugos on Country Club Drive. Residents have also seen bobcats, which are smaller, spotted and not a threat to humans.

Martine Colette, owner of the Wildlife Waystation above Burbank in the Los Angeles National Forest where she harbors and rescues animals, including large cats like tigers and mountain lions, said, "It is important, if you are confronted with one of these creatures, to not stare them down. Do not turn your back, but back slowly away." Generally, mountain lions will not attack unless cornered, she said. If attacked, curl into a ball and make noise.

A supervisor at the no-kill Burbank Animal Shelter, Brenda Castaneda, said they collect reports of the animal sightings and she knows of six reports since June—more than reports of coyotes, which may seem more commonplace.

Just like with the experts warning residents to watch out for small children and small animals. It is important to keep pet food indoors, avoid feeding deer which are the primary prey of mountain lions and avoid hiking or jogging alone.

maria muse November 21, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Wow. A bit dauntng. What a gorgeous animal, however.
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