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MOUNTAIN LION ATTACK - CITY OF PERRIS

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2/3/2014 11:00:10 AM
Fish and GameReply: sean k
My fiancee spotted about a dozen or more BLM/Fish and Game officers at the corner of A St and the 74 on her way to the post office this morning. They all had guns with them and about 7-8 vehicles all lined up. It looked like they were having a meeting before they went on the hunt for the mtn lion. Sad sight to see she said.
2/3/2014 10:16:32 AM
Big catsReply: Laurie
I am no expert.  But as we were taught by rangers at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park a few years back, a mountain lion/puma will not typically take on an adult human, or something as large as an adult horse, unless sick or injured and unable to catch it's "normal" prey.

Mountain lions have a large territory - some 90 square miles or thereabouts - so your chances of coming across one isn't all that great.  And they do tend to be territorial.

If you do encounter a large cat, there are a few things to keep in mind.  Stand upright and wave your arms, making yourself appear as "large" as possible.  If you are in a group, slowly move closer together to make yourselves appear larger.  Don't act like prey - if you run away, you can trigger a "chase" reflex in the cat, much like a house cat will chase a string, or a mouse that runs away.  Make eye contact.  Make a LOT of noise.  If you MUST leave the area before the cat does, back away slowly maintaining the eye contact and continuing to make a lot of noise (in our only direct encounter near home in over 25 years, we found out that singing loudly - and I dare say, off-key - got a "there goes the neighborhood" look and the mountain lion left us alone and left quickly).

Don't leave food outside that any wildlife (not just mountain lions) may be attracted to.  Don't let children, small dogs or cats or other small pets outside unattended, especially at dawn or dusk, or after dark which are prime hunting times.  Take measures to protect your smaller livestock, such as sheep, pigs, chickens, calves and foals.

If you encounter a mountain lion who is feeding, don't move near it.  It will protect it's food.

If you are attacked, fight back, targeting the face and eyes in particular.

When we received the above guidelines from the rangers, there had been a recent "attack" in the park.  After talking to someone who happened to actually be there at that time, it turned out that the truth on the matter was that a couple of horseback riders spotted a cat feeding on a deer in a meadow, at dusk.  Instead of continuing down the desinated trail, these riders decided they wanted close-up pictures of the cat.  So they approached, dismounted and began snapping pictures.  As the light faded, they started to use flash on the camera.  That attracted the cat's attention and it turned and growled.  The riders jumped back onto their horses and started running away - which triggered that chase reflex...the cat parallelled the riders for a distance before breaking off and returning in the direction of it's kill.

I'm not saying that this was the case in this particular instance.  We don't know enough to be able to judge.

But we are diminishing the cat's territory with development.  And availability of water is likely an issue for wildlife in general, so may be a reason why wildlife is in so close to civilization.
2/2/2014 10:48:46 PM
Mountain Lion AttackReply: ElaineW
Dog Gal, based on the link it looks like they found the guy at A st. & Metz which is over close to I-215. But from what it says he was attacked close to Hwy 74 & I-215, which is off the hill and very close to the main part of downtown Perris.  Seems very odd that there would be a Mountain Lion in an area with more cars & people, but I guess anything is possible.  My family has lived on the hill for 30 years and have only had two sightings, and a few times with prints. But nothing close to an attack. I would walk in daylight hours as they are hunters and I would think they would hunt mostly at night since that is when most of their meals are out playing. Best of luck on your walks & keep alert.
2/2/2014 9:43:20 PM
Pumas are spottedReply: Michael D
Only when they are kittens. ;-) This address is just north of old town Perris. They do keep a large territory for their wandering. This same cat could be our local one. Humans are usually the least desired prey.
2/2/2014 3:19:25 PM
spotted one two months agoReply: Joshua & Joanna
Heard a mountain lion growl and seen its tracks on my property two months ago. This is near multiview.
2/2/2014 2:25:27 PM
Mtn lion attackReply: Dog Gal
So just where is this exactly???   New to area was thinking of walking my dogs not so sure now
2/2/2014 12:33:52 PM
Mountain Lion Attack - City of PerrisPost: Nathan
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