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Playing it safe in cougar country

Here are tips on co-existing with mountain lions from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Keep Me Wild website: dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/lion.html.

• 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 — 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.

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