A mountain lion was sighted near the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory early Friday morning, prompting the lab’s management to post warning signs.
At about 5 a.m., a female mountain lion was sighted with her cubs just south of Building 88 near Cyclotron Road, according to a page on Berkeley Lab’s website.
Deer were also reportedly present in the area during the sighting, which may explain the mountain lion’s presence.
“Repeated sightings in one area usually indicate that the animal is feeding on a deer carcass, which may take a week to consume,” the website states.
According to Berkeley Lab’s website, signs have been placed at walkways and gate entrances to caution employees against using isolated outdoor stairs and walkways after dark.
In July, a UCPD Safety Alert warned UC Berkeley students and city residents that a female mountain lion and her cubs were sighted multiple times near the Switching Station #6 construction site just west of Stern Hall.
Berkeley Lab recommends taking extra safety measures in light of the recent sightings, which include not hiking or jogging alone and keeping small children close when near those areas. In the event of an attack, the California Department of Fish and Game recommends fighting back with whatever weapons are available, even if that means your hands.
“If you have plans to be in the hills east of the Berkeley Campus, we ask that you please be careful and keep the recent sightings in mind,” the website states.
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Adelyn Baxter is the news editor.
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