Mountain Lion Sighting Reported

October 1, 2019

We have recently received a report of a mountain lion in the area of Warner Canyon. The Mill Valley Police Department has notified Marin Humane and will to monitor the area. We are asking anyone who sees a mountain lion in their neighborhood to please call our 24 hour non-emergency line at 415-389-4100 or Marin Humane at 415-883-4621.

We'd like to take this opportunity to share the following information about living with Mountain Lions:

More than half of California is mountain lion habitat. Mountain lions generally exist wherever deer are found. They are solitary and elusive, and their nature is to avoid humans. Mountain lions primarily eat deer, but, if allowed, they will prey on vulnerable pets and livestock. In extremely rare cases, even people have fallen prey to mountain lions.

Help prevent unwanted conflicts with these wild animals.

  • Never feed deer or other wildlife; it is illegal to feed deer in California and it will attract mountain lions.
  • Deer-proof your landscaping by avoiding plants that deer like to eat.
  • 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.
  • 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.

What to do if you Encounter a Mountain Lion

Mountain lions are quiet, solitary and elusive, and typically avoid people by nature. However, as human population expands into mountain lion habitat, more frequent sightings may occur and human/mountain lion encounters may increase.

  • Do not hike, bike, or jog alone. Stay alert on trails and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active – dawn, dusk, and at night.
  • Keep a close watch on small children.
  • Off leash dogs on trails are at increased risk of becoming prey for a mountain lion.
  • If you come across a lion act as large as possible and don’t run away, stay calm. Face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms, or opening your jacket if wearing one; throw rocks or other objects. 

Attacks on humans are very rare, however it is important to be educated and aware. 

This information was adapted from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website. Click here for additional information.