To promote public safety, and as part of the response to recent increased mountain lion activity in our surrounding environment as detailed in the message from February 8, 2022, Pepperdine invited the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to conduct two educational safety sessions on mountain lions for the Pepperdine community on February 23, 2022. Both sessions will be held on Zoom and will include information on mountain lion behavior, safety tips, and an opportunity for questions. The University encourages you to attend and be engaged in these discussions.
Please use the links below to join the applicable session:
- February 23, 2022: 4-5 PM – Session for Students, Faculty, and Staff
- February 23, 2022: 6-7 PM – Session for Malibu Campus HOA Residents
Please be mindful of the following guidelines for mountain lion safety:
- Do not hike, bike, or jog alone, especially from dusk until dawn when mountain lions are most active.
- Do not feed the local deer population, which are known prey for mountain lions.
- Do not leave children or pets unattended outside, especially from dusk to dawn.
- 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 Public Safety at 310.506.4441.
- If safe to do so, please take a picture and/or video, and send it to Public Safety via the LiveSafe app.
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.
- 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.