Mountain Lion Spotted in Palisades Highlands

ADT Patrol issues notice and safety tips in conjunction with California Department of Fish and Game.

The first locally reported mountain lion sighting for 2013 occurred in Palisades Highlands last Friday, reports ADT Patrol. It's the first reported sighting since April 2011.

Area workers reported they saw a mountain lion that last Friday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. at the common area hillside above Avenida de Santa Ynez at Avenida de Cortez. The workers saw another lion sunning itself in the same general area at the same time by another worker.

ADT issued a statement this week saying they are taking a proactive approach, and reported it to the Department of Fish and Game, and state park rangers assigned to Topanga and Will Rogers.

Since the Highlands is surrounded by protected state lands, ADT reminds Highland residents they reside in mountain lion country. Here are some safety tips to avoided unwanted encounters.

  • Don’t feed deer; it is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions.
  • Deer-proof your landscaping by avoiding plants that deer like to eat.
  • Trim brush to reduce hiding places for mountain lions.
  • Don’t leave small children or pets outside unattended.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
  • 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 potential mountain lion prey.

For more information or you see a mountain lion, view the attached flier and call ADT Patrol 24 Hour Palisades Highlands Dispatch at (310) 475-4099.

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(A correction was made to the exact location of the Highlands mountain lion sighting. Patch apologizes for the error.)

mimi January 28, 2013 at 05:51 PM
He certainly isn't camera shy. Should be easy to tranquilize, tag and set free in a more appropriate setting.
Matthew Sanderson (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Thanks for the feedback mimi. Unfortunately, that's a stock image we have from a previous mountain lion report, possibly last year's encounter in Santa Monica. I'd like to get fresh images myself, and if anyone has any wilderness shots of their own they like to share, post them to our gallery here http://pacificpalisades.patch.com/pics#photo-13148826, or you can email me news tips anytime: matthew.sanderson@patch.com. Don't put yourself in harm's way to get a shot, though!


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