Mountain Lions Spotted! What do you do?


April 13, 2018

First thought to RUN!  It was mine, but NO DO NOT RUN! Since Mountain Lions (yes more than one) have been spotted in the San Marcos area, here are some safety tips.

Safety tips in case of a Mountain Lion encounter:

  • Do not approach a lion
  • DO NOT RUN from lion. This could make them chase you. Stand and look at the ML. Make eye contact. Small children/ pick them up w/ out turning away from the ML.
  • Do not crouch down or bend over. You'll look more like 4- legged prey
  • Do all you can to appear larger. Raise your arms. Throw stones, branches without turning your back on the ML. Wave arms slowly! Speak Loud! You're trying to convince the ML you are not prey.. go away
  • Fight back if attacked. ...  sticks, caps, jackets, garden tools and their bare hands. Since a mountain lion usually tries to bite the head or neck, try to remain standing and face the attacking animal.
  • Secure your pets. Don’t let your pets run loose, which is already prohibited by City Ordinance. Keep them inside or on your property.

If you see a mountain lion, call City of San Marcos Animal Shelter at 512.805.2655.  More detail on the safety tips here!