Deputy sheriffs and park rangers are patrolling the woods at Wunderlich county park, located at 4040 Woodside Road in Woodside, after the reported sighting of an adult mountain lion and three cubs at 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 9).
While mountain lions tend to avoid confrontations, lion-human encounters are particularly risky when the lion is feeding or in the company of offspring, authorities say.
Deputies advise joggers and hikers to avoid jogging and hiking at dawn, dusk and at night, when lions are most active. Adults should stay close to small children and be ready to pick them up in case of an encounter.
When in the presence of a mountain lion, deputies suggest showing confidence by facing the animal, making noise, taking steps to appear larger -- such as waving the arms -- and throwing things at the lion, including rocks.
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