The last couple of weeks I have heard reports on mountain lions in the local communities (and I do mean inside the local communities). These beautiful, but dangerous animals are probably hungry and looking for food but the threat that they are directly in our communities is alarming.
Several years ago I talked with Nancy Anderson who is the bear handler at Wildhaven Ranch in Cedar Glen. We talked about mountain lions and her suggestion was that people carry a small air horn with them when they go out into areas where mountain lions may be (which, basically, could be anywhere!). That same suggestion could work just as well for people walking in our local areas because they can, and often do, venture into the communities which raises all sorts of issues.
If you take a small air horn with you when you go outside even if you never have to use it it’s a good security item to carry. Give it some thought because like most wild animals, they allow us (people) to live in “their” forest where they are native to the mountains…..we aren’t. We always need to remember that wild animals are native to these mountains and we, humans, could be considered the “intruders.”
Small air horns are inexpensive and easy to carry. Give this idea some thought. It certainly can’t hurt!