There were two additional, unconfirmed mountain lion sightings last night.
- February 1, 2017 – 10:50 PM – Near the Student Health Center
- February 1, 2017 – 11:25 PM – On the hillside above Upper Dorm Road
Today, University officials met for several hours with a mountain lion expert from the National Parks Service who has studied mountain lion activity in the Santa Monica Mountains since 2002. They discussed all of the recent sightings and toured the locations on campus. The expert expressed with confidence that this is a healthy mountain lion, moving within his territory, and acting normally. He believes the mountain lion will move on soon. The University is continuing to investigate the matter.
- Do not hike, bike, or jog alone, especially from dusk until dawn when mountain lions are most active.
- Remember Public Safety security escorts are available on the Malibu campus 24/7 by calling Public Safety Dispatch at (310) 506-4442.
- If you see a mountain lion on or near the Malibu campus, please report the incident to the Department of Public Safety at (310) 506-4441.
As a reminder, if you encounter a mountain lion:
- Respect the animal.
- Maintain eye contact and move away slowly.
- Do NOT run. Running will trigger the mountain lion’s instinct to chase you.
- Appear as large, loud, and powerful as possible.
- If there are small children or pets present, pick them up immediately. Additionally do NOT leave them unattended outside.
- Do not approach the mountain lion, leave space for the cat to escape.
- In the unlikely event of an attack, fight back. Do not fall to the ground or roll into the fetal position.