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.
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.
- 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.
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).
The University Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) is monitoring all weather, facility conditions, and road related activity as a result of the rains. Pursuant to established protocol, the EOC will assess weather and road conditions early in the morning to make a decision regarding the status of classes and campus operations for Monday, January 23rd. This information will be available by 6 AM on the Road Conditions Hotline, (310) 506-ROAD (7623).