Friday, June 22, 2007

My mother is warning me about LIONS

Even though I am already scared of sharks.

And bears.

I've already assured her that I will fight back. As if an attack is inevitable

"No walking alone when you are home darling..."

Mountain lion spotted in Sonoma
Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer

(06-18) 13:22 PDT SONOMA -- A mountain lion was spotted near Highway 12 in Sonoma this weekend, prompting officials to warn residents to keep an eye out for the large cats.The cougar was spotted about 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the area of Broadway and MacArthur Street in Sonoma, officials said. Arriving officers located the mountain lion in a parking lot adjacent to Nathanson Creek, police said, prompting it to flee into the creek area. Sonoma County Sheriff's officials notified the California Department of Fish and Game, which has jurisdiction over the animals. Officials are posting warnings along a bike path in the area, the Sonoma Overlook Trail and the Mountain Cemetery, advising people to exercise caution in the area and call 911 if they see a mountain lion. Mountain lions are left alone by state authorities unless they threaten people. If a property owner's pets or livestock are attacked, the person can apply for a permit to kill the animal.
There have been several sightings of the giant cats in Sonoma County in recent years, including in Healdsburg, Windsor and Santa Rosa. With the most recent sightings, officials warn against hiking or jogging alone, and suggest avoiding trails at active times for cougars -- dawn, dusk and at night. They also suggest keeping an eye on small children. If you see a mountain lion, officials suggest facing the animal and attempting to scare it by making noises and waving your arms or throwing rocks. If you are attacked, fight back.


Nicole Hefner said...

Face the animal; make noises; wave your arms; throw rocks; fight back.

God, I wish they would have told me that when I was a teenager.

Adam Deutsch said...

Are you sure they're not just giant kitties? Maybe she's warning you about's summer. They shed on everything.

Anonymous said...

How funny is it when you take your mom's advice and just for a split second really take it to heart. Then you realize it's just another one of mom's "locarias" :)