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Nonlethal Protocol Now in Place for Mountain Lion Incidents

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SACRAMENTO–

It’s easy to think of mountain lions living somewhere else — in a different habitat.

But, on your street, near your house? That’s harder to imagine.

“We’ve seen more and more recent sightings,” says a representative from the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

And that’s why the state has a new policy on how it handles mountain lions who are turning up in urban areas.

“The new policy will give us more non-lethal options,” a representative said. “It allows for some more expertise to be brought in.”

Now, if a mountain lion hasn’t threatened a person before, it will be considered a potential human conflict incident — enabling the Fish and Wildlife officials to respond in a number of nonlethal ways.

“When there’s a public safety [issue] and there’s a lion that is threatening human life, nothing will change. We will still have to take that lion.”

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