Possible Cougar Sighting at Lake Los Carneros

Goleta Officials Urge Residents to Use Caution

Originally published 12:00 p.m., May 2, 2013
Updated 2:00 p.m., May 2, 2013
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[UPDATE, 2 p.m.]: Goleta spokesperson Valerie Kushnerov issued another statement a short while ago explaining that although a review of animal prints around Lake Los Carneros has been inconclusive, authorities still have reason to believe a cougar was indeed sighted yesterday in the area.

Kushnerov also offered this tip: “If you happen to encounter a mountain lion/cougar, quietly back away. If you have a child or animal with you, do not bend down to pick them up. Just pick them up and make your presence/stature as large as possible (QUIETLY!)”

[ORIGINAL REPORT]: The City of Goleta is asking residents to be on the lookout after a possible cougar sighting Wednesday morning at Lake Los Carneros. “We are urging residents to use caution while in this area, particularly with kids and pets,” said city spokesperson Valerie Kushnerov. “We are asking the public to report any sightings to the Sheriff’s Department at 911.”

No additional information is available at this time, she explained.


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Yeah, never turn your back on them and run, you appear just like prey to them.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
May 3, 2013 at 9:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We had a full size one on North Ontare several weeks ago. Big cat!

Riceman (anonymous profile)
May 3, 2013 at 3:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mountain lions are great white sharks with four paws. That's how you treat and respect them. They will kill just to kill. Beautiful animals, necessary, vital, and present. Females can reach 140-lbs, males up to 180-lbs. They have the strongest pressure bite per-square-inch, more than their considerably larger African cousins. They kill with a bite to the back of the neck, crushing vertebrae and paralyzing their prey, and begin feeding while prey is still alive. Which is why you never run. Fight for your life with the hiking pole or walking stick you have with you using it as a thrusting lance, not a bat.

You do have a hiking pole, right? No? If you hike our mountains, get one. I NEVER hike our local terrain without one, not even around Lake Los Carneros for this very reason. Mountain lion. I'm not going down without a fight and neither should you. That goes for kids as well. Helpful with snakes as well. Make noise when you hike, tap rocks as you pass. Alerts wildlife to your presence and, hopefully, it moves off and away. We have bears out there, too. While dangerous, they can be scared off unless it is a female with cub.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
May 5, 2013 at 9:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Fear is always your worst enemy in any situation.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 5, 2013 at 1:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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