Here are tips on co-existing with mountain lions from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Keep Me Wild website:
■ Don't feed deer; it is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions.
■ Deer-proof your landscaping by avoiding plants that deer like to eat. For tips, request "A Gardener's Guide to Preventing Deer Damage" from DFW offices.
■ Trim brush to reduce hiding places for mountain lions.
■ Don't leave small children or pets outside unattended.
■ Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
■ Provide sturdy, covered shelters for sheep, goats, and other vulnerable animals.
■ Don't allow pets outside when mountain lions are most active dawn, dusk, and at night.
■ Bring pet food inside to avoid attracting raccoons, opossums and other potential mountain lion prey.
■ Don't hike, bike, or jog alone.
■ Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active -- at dawn, dusk, and at night.
■ Don't 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.