Residents and students at Diamond View School should be aware of a young, injured mountain lion that does not seem to be leaving the Hobo Camp, South Street area.
Brian Ehler, a biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the lion was seen this morning in a green area near South Street above Diamond View School.
Ehler said the lion, that’s been reported in the Hobo Camp area for about a month, appears to have a physical injury that causes it to limp.
Ehler said this morning’s encounter was reported about 7:30 a.m. and some residents said they saw the lion eating a house cat. Ehler confirmed a cat’s body was found in the area, and he said this is the first time anyone from his department has seen the lion, but he added it’s been seen “multiple times over the last month.”
Ehler said a number of law enforcement officers from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, the Susanville Police Department and the California Highway Patrol responded this morning.
“The lion was just not leaving the area,” Ehler said. “It’s pretty unusual for a mountain lion to tolerate people like that.”
Ehler said it’s important anyone who encounters the lion should not run or appear like prey.
Here are some tips if you encounter a lion: Do not run. Stand upright and make eye contact. Do not bend over or turn away. Appear intimidating. Raise your hands above your head and use your voice in a loud and authoritative tone. If the lion attacks, fight back.
For more information, or to report a sighting, call Ehler at 254-6808 or 340-6808.