Mountain lion sighted near UC Berkeley campus

A mountain lion was sighted south of the UC Berkeley campus Tuesday at a campus-owned apartment complex.

The unverified sighting occurred at about 10:14 p.m Tuesday at the Smyth-Fernwald apartment complex — near the Clark Kerr campus — when the mountain lion was spotted on top of a dumpster, according to a UCPD crime alert.

The incident follows an unverified sighting reported in December when two mountain lions were seen running north on Lawrence Road at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, according to the alert.

The alert reads:

To reduce the chances of encountering a Mountain Lion:

•  Avoid hiking alone, especially between dusk and dawn, when lions
normally do their hunting. Make plenty of noise while you hike so as to
reduce the chances of surprising a lion.

•  Always keep children in sight while hiking and within arm’s reach in
areas that can conceal a lion. Mountain Lions seem to be drawn to

•  Hike with a good walking stick; this can be useful in warding off a lion.

To reduce the chances of an attack when encountering a Mountain Lion:

•  Do not approach a lion, especially if it is feeding or with its young.
Most lions will avoid confrontation. Give them a way to escape.

•  Stay calm and face the lion. Do not run because this may trigger the
lion’s instinct to attack. Try to appear larger by raising your hands.

•  Pick up small children so they don’t panic and run. This will also make
you appear larger. Avoid bending over or crouching.

•  If the lion acts aggressively, throw rocks, branches, or whatever can
be obtained without turning your back or bending over.

•  Fight back if attacked. Since a mountain lion usually tries to bite the
head or neck, try to remain standing and face the attacking animal. People
have successfully fought back with rocks, sticks, or bare hands.


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Sarah Burns is the assistant city news editor.