Mountain lion sighted in Burbank

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(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

BURBANK (CNS) – Burbank police said today a mountain lion was seen in a neighborhood bordering the Verdugo Mountains, and they urged homeowners not to leave small children or pets outside unattended.

The animal was seen on Wednesday in the 3300 block of Wedgewood Lane, said Burbank police Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

“The mountain lion was observed running away from the area when the police arrived,” Ryburn said “This communication is intended to alert the community of the incident, and to provide precautions to keep residents and their pets safe.”

Among the safety tips:

– don’t jog or allow pets outside when mountain lions are most active: dawn, dusk and at night;
— bring pet food inside to avoid attracting raccoons, opossums, and other potential prey for mountain lions;
— install motion-sensitive lighting around the house;
— don’t hike, bike or jog alone;
— if you encounter a mountain lion, don’t run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms;
— if attacked, fight back.

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