Malibu

Mountain Lion Sighting On the Malibu Campus

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Public Safety officers spotted a mountain lion near the Seaver Drive booth at approximately 11:30 PM last night. The sighting was reported to the local sheriff’s department, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the National Park Service (NPS). The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control removed a deer carcass, which was likely the prey of the mountain lion, and NPS officials determined the mountain lion does not represent a threat to the campus community. 

Pepperdine officials share confirmed mountain lion sightings near the Malibu campus to ensure the University community is informed of, but not alarmed by, the wildlife with whom we share the Santa Monica Mountains.  

Please remember:

  • 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 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.

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.

Pepperdine Monitoring the Knolls Wildfire – Final Update

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The Los Angeles County Fire Department is reporting they have the Knolls fire near Hughes Research Laboratory under control. Firefighters will remain in the area to conduct mop up operations and monitor the burn areas for the next several hours to ensure the fire is extinguished. At this time road closures remain in place on Malibu Canyon Road, and traffic may continue to to be impacted on Pacific Coast Highway.

This will be the final update on the fire unless conditions materially change.

Please be advised of the following:

  • Community members whose homes are affected by the fire or road closures should follow the directions of their local governmental agencies. 
  • Road condition information is available on the University’s Road Condition hotline at 310.506.ROAD (7623).

Pepperdine Monitoring the Knolls Wildfire – Update #1

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Pepperdine continues to monitor the Knolls wildfire burning near Hughes Research Laboratory. The fire does not appear to be threatening campus at this time. The incident is visible from campus and the Los Angeles County Fire Department is using Alumni Park to support air operations. The fire is still burning, but Los Angeles County Fire has confirmed forward progress of the fire is stopped. Due to the fire, officials have closed Malibu Canyon Road. Traffic may also be restricted on Pacific Coast Highway.

Please be advised of the following:

  • Community members whose homes are affected by the fire or road closures should follow the directions of their local governmental agencies. 
  • Road condition information is available on the University’s Road Condition hotline at 310.506.ROAD (7623).

Pepperdine Monitoring the Knolls Wildfire

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Pepperdine is monitoring the Knolls wildfire which is burning near Hughes Research Laboratory, 3477 Malibu Canyon Road, less than a mile from Pepperdine’s Malibu Campus. While the incident is visible from campus and the Los Angeles County Fire Department is using Alumni Park to support air operations, the fire is burning towards Civic Center Way and does not appear to be threatening campus at this time. Due to the fire, officials have closed Malibu Canyon Road to southbound traffic between Malibu Knolls Road to Pacific Coast Highway. Traffic may also be restricted on Pacific Coast Highway.

Please be advised of the following:

  • Community members whose homes are affected by the fire or road closures should follow the directions of their local governmental agencies. 
  • Road condition information is available on the University’s Road Condition hotline at 310.506.ROAD (7623).