San Luis Obispo County

Mountain lion spotted at Cuesta College campus

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A mountain lion was spotted on the campus of Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo this week.

The large cat was seen on two separate evenings walking through he out areas of the campus.

Campus police say it is not uncommon for mountain lions to be spotted at the school as the campus is adjacent to a large open wildlife area.

The campus police department released the following tips for people in the area in the event you encounter a mountain lion on campus.

  1. Do not turn and run. This may encourage the animal to give chase.
  2. Face the mountain lion and make yourself look as large as possible. Stand straight up, raise your arms and wave them slowly. Open up a jacket or other outer clothing.
  3. Yell, scream, make noise.
  4. Throw objects like books or even your backpack at the lion, but do not crouch or bend over to reach any items to throw.
  5. If attacked, fight back! Mountain lions have been successfully fended off using items like sticks, clothing, or even bare hands. 
  6. Call Campus Police immediately once you are safe: 805-546-3205
  7. If you would like more information, visit the emergency information resources on the CCPD Mountain Lion Encounter webpage.

Most importantly, if you see a mountain lion, do not approach it. The animals almost always tries to avoid confrontation with humans. 

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