Malibu

Recent Malibu Campus Mountain Lion Sightings Update

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Due to the number of recent mountain lion sightings, including two last night near Smothers Theatre and the construction site above Stotsenberg Track, University officials contacted the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and National Parks Service to request assessment of the recent mountain lion behavior on the Malibu campus. While this review is underway:

  • 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.

Additionally, please take the following actions if you encounter a mountain lion on campus:

  • 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. 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.

Recent Malibu Campus Mountain Lion Sightings

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There have been nine mountain lion sightings on the Malibu campus in the last six-weeks. University leaders are in communication with biologists at the National Park Service who monitor mountain lion activity in the Santa Monica Mountains. These biologists know the mountain range that serves as the backdrop for our campus also provides a habitat for both the mountain lions and their prey. Pepperdine University officials want the University community to be aware of these incidents and know how to respond. Mountain lions were spotted on the following dates and locations:

  • December 18, 2016 – 9:49 PM – Rho Parking Lot
  • December 20, 2016 – 1:46 AM – Seaver Drive Booth
  • January 15, 2017 – 11:35 PM – Drescher Student Housing Apartments near building W
  • January 24, 2017 – 7:33 PM – Alumni Park near John Tyler Booth
  • January 30, 2017 – 10:27 PM – Upper Dorm Road near Towers
  • January 30, 2017 – 11:55 PM – Light post near the HAWC
  • January 31, 2017 – 5:48 AM – Near Towers
  • January 31, 2017 – 11:25 PM – Near the construction site above Stotsenberg Track
  • February 1, 2017 – 1:38 AM – Near Smothers Theatre

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, mountain lion attacks on humans are very rare. Nevertheless, knowing how to respond is important.

  • 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.
  • If the incident occurs on or near the Malibu campus please report the incident to the Department of Public Safety at (310) 506-4441.

Malibu Campus Update

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The University has received notice that Malibu Canyon Road has re-opened as of 2:15 PM Monday, January 23, 2017. Classes and business operations on the Malibu campus will resume their normal schedule tomorrow, Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

Currently the following routes to the Malibu campus are closed:
  • Topanga Canyon

If conditions change, updates will be available on the University’s road conditions hotline, (310) 506-ROAD (7623), and Pepperdine’s Emergency Information Page, emergency.pepperdine.edu.

Malibu Campus Classes Cancelled And Offices Closed Today

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Due to inclement weather and intermittent road-closures, Pepperdine officials have cancelled classes and closed offices on the Malibu campus Monday, January 23, 2017. Critical Support Personnel should check with their supervisors regarding reporting to campus. All other campuses including Calabasas remain open and classes are to be held as scheduled.

Currently the following routes to the Malibu campus are closed:

  • Malibu Canyon
  • Topanga Canyon
  • Las Flores Canyon
  • Kanan is currently open but has experienced intermittent closures

We are expecting more rain today and may have further road closures. As conditions change, updates will be available on the University’s Road conditions hotline (310) 506-ROAD (7623).