Subject: Mountain Lion Sighting: Be Cautious on Trails Surrounding the Sunnyvale Campus
Please use caution when using the trails surrounding the Sunnyvale campus. This past Saturday, several trail users reported seeing a mountain lion within 100 yards of our campus, just north of Twin Creeks Field #4 near the trail of Baylands Park.
If you plan to use the trails:
Mountain lions are quiet, solitary and elusive, and typically avoid people -- attacks on humans are extremely rare. However, conflicts are increasing as California ’s human population expands into mountain lion habitat.
Here are a few tips to follow:
-Do not hike, bike or jog alone.
-Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, and at night.
-Keep a close watch on small children.
-Do not approach a mountain lion.
-If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children.
-If attacked, fight back.
-If a mountain lion attacks a person, immediately call 911.
For more information about mountain lions, visit the California Department of Fish and Game: Web Link.