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Warning issued after mountain lions sighted

Elaine Goodman / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Heavenly Mountain Resort has posted warning signs around its California lodge after resort workers spotted a mountain lion twice in the past 10 days.

The sightings occurred in the vicinity of the resort’s Roundabout run, said Heavenly spokesman Russ Pecoraro.

That area is U.S. Forest Service land and is open to the public for hiking in the summer, Pecoraro said.

The Forest Service provided Heavenly with mountain-lion warning signs, which have been placed in three spots around the California lodge.

Forest Service spokeswoman Cheva Heck said the mountain-lion sightings are likely related to the migration of mule deer, which are now moving through the Lake Tahoe Basin.

“Where the deer are, mountain lions follow,” Heck said in an e-mail.

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The deer return to the Carson Valley in the winter and most of the mountain lions follow them.

“However, Forest Service biologists on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit say we probably have a few year-round resident males,” Heck said, adding that people do spot the lions on occasion.

The Forest Service offers the following safety tips for those venturing into mountain lion territory:

– Do not hike alone. Go in groups, with adults supervising children. Avoid dawn and dusk excursions.

– Keep children close to you. Animals seem especially drawn to children; keep children within sight at all times.

– Do not approach a lion. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation. Give them a way to escape.

– Do not run from a lion. Running may stimulate a mountain lion’s instinct to chase.

mountain lion’s natural prey.

– Do all you can to appear larger. Raise your arms. Open jacket if wearing one. Pick up small children. Wave arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice.

– Fight back if attacked. Mountain lions usually try to bite the head or neck; try to remain standing and face the attacking animal.