Mountain lion sighting reported in Burbank hills

A mountain lion sighting was reported Tuesday evening in Burbank’s hillside area, police said.

A security guard reported seeing the mountain lion about 8 p.m. near the 3000 block of Wedgewood Lane, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

The following day, animal control officers observed paw tracks in the area, he added.

Police released a list of safety precautions in the wake of the recent sighting, including:

  • Do not feed deer, it is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions.

  • Trim brush to reduce hiding places for mountain lions.

  • Do not allow pets outside at dawn, dusk or at night.

  • Bring pet food inside to avoid attracting raccoons, opossums, and other potential mountain lion prey.

  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.

  • If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects.

For more information, call the Burbank Animal Shelter at 818-238-3340.

-- Alene Tchekmedyian,

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