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Mission Viejo Animal Services monitoring area after mountain lion sighting

Mountain lion

Mission Viejo Animal Services (MVAS) has confirmed reports of a mountain lion sighting in Mission Viejo near the cross streets of Los Alisos Boulevard and Via Noveno, and MVAS officers are currently tracking movements and posting signs in the vicinity. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has been advised and California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel are monitoring the situation.

Mountain lions hunt deer, which live in the surrounding area, as well as coyotes, raccoons, skunks, opossums, rodents, rabbits, etc. They do not typically prey on domestic animals unless an opportunity arises. These cats are solitary, elusive and usually avoid humans as much as possible.

Stay safer by remembering to:

• Be aware.

• Don’t walk alone, bring a friend.

• Wear bright and highly contrasting clothing.

• Watch for signs and trail postings.

• Avoid jogging or mountain biking in low light conditions at dusk and dawn.

• Stay on the trail.

• Supervise children, and keep them within arm’s reach.

• Keep pets on a secure leash.

• Keep pets indoors.

• Don’t approach any wild animal.

• Give wildlife the time and space to steer clear of you.

• Try to look as large as you can and do not crouch down if you see a mountain lion.

Mountain lions are helpful in maintaining order in our ecosystem and assist to keep other wildlife numbers in check. If you encounter a mountain lion, report the sighting immediately to Mission Viejo Animal Services at 949-470-3045 or the Orange County Sheriff's Department at 949-770-6011.

For more information on mountain lions, visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website (https://wildlife.ca.gov/).

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