Mountain Lion Spotted This Morning

October 10, 2012

A mountain lion was sighted by the pit parking lot at approx. 6:10 a.m. this morning. Mountain lions generally exist where deer are found. Warning signs have been placed at walkways and gate entrances. As a precaution, the use of isolated stairs and walkways at dusk, night, or dawn is discouraged. To limit an interaction with a mountain lion, avoid hiking or jogging in the undeveloped areas of the Lab alone or at dawn, dusk or night. If you see a mountain lion, immediately call 7-911 from any Lab phone or 911 from any cell phone. Go here for more safety information from the California Department of Fish and Game.

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6 Responses to “Mountain Lion Spotted This Morning”

  1. John Turner says:

    Where is “the pit” parking lot? It is not labeled on the site map.

  2. Lyn says:

    it is the D lot.

  3. Christine Doughty says:

    I agree with some previous comments that the lab should consider taking a less passive approach to mountain lions. To me, a good start would be to eliminate the deer from the lab. The perimeter fence would need to be maintained, and overgrown areas within the lab that provide hiding places eliminated. Perhaps gates that have to remain open could be equipped with cattle guards or something similar. The U.C Botanical Garden keeps deer out in similar terrain, they might be able to provide some guidance.

  4. Peter McCorquodale says:

    Speaking of site maps, why doesn’t the lbl.gov website have a map of where all the mountain lion sightings have been on site, together with time and date for each? The reports on TABL usually give a building number, but this is a big lab, and most employees don’t recognize the numbers of buildings that they never enter. Secondly, a map of sightings would give employees a picture of what areas of the lab have been visited by mountain lions in the past. Right now, we have to do a search on lbl.gov for “mountain lion” and then look up the building numbers on a site map.

  5. Rick Firestone says:

    Has the lion received GRRT training yet?

  6. Manoj Pillay says:

    The mountain lion probably wishes to be at the open house tomorrow, but it is dizzy and tired after driving over an hour around the lab trying to find a place to park – Obviously, it did not get the email or if it did, didn’t notice the conspicuous warning from ‘Today at Berkeley Lab’

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