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Santa Paula warned of mountain lions

June 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The city of Santa Paula is again warning residents of recent mountain lion sightings. The first occurred two weeks ago in the 200 block of West Main Street. The mountain lion was described as about the size of a small German shepherd.

A second sighting was reported Monday in the Moultrie Place area near Glen City School. As with the previous sighting, school officials were notified, police said.

The Santa Paula Police Department is urging residents to be aware of their surroundings and to remove heavy vegetation that can provide cover for the animals. Residents are also encouraged not to leave pet food outside because it can attract wildlife.

Anyone seeing a mountain lion should not run, as it may trigger the animal to chase. Instead, people should make themselves look bigger and aggressive. This includes spreading one's arms and throwing stones and branches.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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