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Santa Barbara Police Department
Saturday April 6th, 2019 :: 08:40 a.m. PDT


Mountain Lion Sighted in City

This morning between 4:30 and 5:00 A.M, a large adult mountain lion was sighted in the area of 700 Laguna Street – sightings are rare and due to proximity to the animal’s natural habitat.

Your chances of encountering a mountain lion are small.

The Santa Barbara Police Department and State Fish and Game officials physically sighted the animal during a sweep of the area. It was identified by State experts as a large, possibly male, adult mountain lion.

After an exhaustive search by local authorities, the animal was last seen in the 800 block of Laguna Street, it disappeared into the neighborhood.

If at any time you spot a mountain lion in the City, report the sighting or encounter to 911.

According to the US Forest Service, most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation, so give them a way to escape.

Do not run from a lion. Running may stimulate a mountain lion's instinct to chase.

Lastly, the Forest Service suggests you do all you can to appear larger. Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you are wearing one. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice.

Santa Barbara Police Department
215 East Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-897-2300

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