On November 12th at 1:47 p.m. and November 13th at 10:20 a.m., 2017, the Brentwood Police Department received two reports of a mountain lion sighting in the field near the water towers situated behind the 2700 block of St. Andrews Drive (southwest area of the city).
The reporting party described the animal as weighing between 65-70 pounds, brown in color. Brentwood Officers immediately responded on both occasions but could not locate the animal. There were no reported attacks on people or pets.
The California Department of Fish and Game and Contra Costa County Animal Services are aware of the sightings.
Although these incidents are rare, residents are reminded they occur as result of some of our rural surroundings, particularly areas that are adjacent to open space. Caution must be exercised if a mountain lion is spotted and the Brentwood Police Department should be notified immediately by calling 925-809-7911, or 9-1-1 if the sighting involves imminent danger.
While it would be rare for a mountain lion to approach humans, the Brentwood Police Department offers the following recommendations to ensure public safety:
• Avoid jogging or walking alone, and keep a close watch on small children in areas of the sightings. Mountain lions in particular, are most active during early morning, evening, and nighttime hours.
• NEVER approach a mountain lion. If confronted by one, DO NOT RUN! Instead, face the animal, stand upright, wave your arms, and make noise in an effort to scare the animal off.
• Do not feed deer; its illegal in California and doing so attracts mountain lions.
• Deer-proof landscaping by avoiding plants that deer like to eat.
• Trim brush to reduce hiding places for mountain lions.
• Install motion-sensitive lighting around your home.
• Don’t allow pets outside during times when mountain lions are most active, dawn, dusk, and at night.
• Bring pet food inside to avoid attracting raccoons, opossum, and other potential mountain lion prey.
• For more information about mountain lions, go to: www.wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild and click on the “Mountain Lion” tab.
Awareness of your surrounding combined with the implementation of these recommendations is the best way to avoid an encounter with a mountain lion. Brentwood residents and visitors should be careful but continue to enjoy day-to-day activities.