Friendly neighborhood mountain lion

Mountain lion chased by dog, killed by Palo Alto police

For some reason, mountain lion stories always seem to catch my eye. This one was in residential Palo Alto and chased up a tree by a dog. Predictably

“I think it’s absolutely atrocious the way the police behaved because obviously the animal was not posing a threat to anyone,” said Alfredo Kuba, from the animal rights group In Defense of Animals.

They should have sent Mr. Kuba up the tree to bring it down, then. He could have changed his name to ‘Fetucini’ Alfredo Kuba.

I pointed out a different California mountain lion attack noted by ACE in January. He recommended packing a gun when venturing into wild animal territory. I guess that includes residential Palo Alto.

Remember, the Government of California webpage has some tips for you when you meet up with a mountain lion. They include:

  • Don’t run from lion AND Don’t approach a lion. I guess you are supposed to move parallel to any mountain lions that you meet.
  • Do not crouch down or bend over. Unless kissing your own ass good-bye, I guess.
  • Do all you can do to appear larger. Basically, you’re screwed at this point — At least look like a man when you get taken out.
  • Fight back if attacked. It’s only a matter of time before Alfredo and company gets that tip removed.
  • Pray. This isn’t really in the list, of course — but it might have been until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals got hold of it.

As I pointed out last time, the page notes

A hiker in Southern California used a rock to fend off a mountain lion that was attacking his son. Others have fought back successfully with sticks, caps, jackets, garden tools and their bare hands.

Rocks, sticks, jackets. As I said in January, that’s not fighting back. That’s desperation. Carry a gun, friend.

Unfair to use a gun on a mountain lion? Exactly.


  1. Mountain lion stories always catch my eye also. I guess you could say I’m obsessed! I cannot believe how many lions are spreading out further and further across the midsection of the US. I cannot believe people are not taking this more seriously after the stakling and killing of the jogging teenager in Boulder ten years ago. They can take down a 1200 pound bull elk with no effort whatsoever. They often wait till they have stalked within a foot or two before even attacking. What is wrong with tracking them down and and tranquilizing them and moving them into a zoo somewhere before anyone gets hurt? Kay