Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

Photo: John Palminteri / KEYT

Update by edhat staff

Another sighting of a mountain lion was reported around 8:00 a.m. Thursday near the West Campus Children’s Center by UC Santa Barbara, reports John Palminteri.

By edhat staff

UC Police are alerting residents of a mountain lion sighting near the Devereux Lagoon on Tuesday, reports KEYT.

The first sighting occurred on Tuesday near Campus Point around 4:30 p.m. The second sighting was around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday near the Devereux Lagoon. Both areas are close to Isla Vista, bordering the UC Santa Barbara campus, and filled with people walking, running, and biking. 

UC Police officers searched the area while UC Santa Barbara posted signs and sent out emergency alerts.

As mountain lions are nocturnal animals, experts state it’s unusual for them to be out during the day and they could be sick or searching for food. Experts also say if you come close to a mountain lion, do not run away, but make a lot of noise instead and make yourself appear as big as possible.

There were also two other mountain lion sightings reported at Allan Hancock’s Lompoc campus over the past week, reports KEYT.

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  1. CA’s protection of the mountain lion has to end. In addition to being an immediate threat, the numbers are far too high, they are decimating the deer population…u know, all the bambies you’ll like to gush over everytime someone post a picture. Same with the coyotes, they are not cute, they are dangerous wild animals and should not be allowed free range

  2. Not surprised to hear of one at the beach. When we were doing the bridge into Gaviota State Park in 1997 the campground host had one walking down Gaviota Creek to the beach and back upstream almost daily. This was immediately adjacent to where the 9 year old boy was attacked in March of 1992 on the park trail from the overlook. There is a permanent warning sign on the bluff trail entrance now after the father sued the State Parks.

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