June 9, 2011 (Alpine) - Alpine Community Network reports that an Alpine resident has informed ACN of a mountain lion siting in broad daylight. According to ACN director Angela Brookshire, ""I received an email this morning from an Alpine Resident who told me that on their way to work at Sycuan Casino at approximately 6:50 a.m. they spotted a Mountain Lion at the corner of Tavern Rd. and Dehesa Rd. in Alpine."
Mountain lions are protected under California and it is illegal to shoot or trap them. Viewing a lion is considered a rare treat by many, however caution is advised. Local lions are generally shy and seen primarily in wilderness and backcountry regions, rarely threatening humans. Sightings in populated areas are rare. However earlier this year a lion was spotted in a tree in downtown Alpine and near a school in Jamul.
Lions are often attracted by easy prey, so it's wise to keep chickens in coops and small pets indoors where possible. If walking or hiking in an area known to have mountain lions, it's a good idea to carry a walking stick and a whistle. Pepper spray has also been known to fend off a lion.
Residents are advised to be alert and use caution in the vicinity. If you know of additional mountain lion sightings, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, Paula Dickenson with the Alpine Sheriff's substation asks that if you see a lion in the area, please contact the Sheriff's non-emergency number, 858 565-5200 immediately, especially if there is an immediate threat to the community. "Last year we received the information days later," she said.