So this notice was sent out at my work this week. I hope I get to see one!
The Environmental Affairs Program Office has received recent reports of possible mountain lion activities on Laboratory grounds. Mountain lions have been seen in the past on the Laboratory site and may still be present.
About half of California is prime mountain lion (or cougar) country. JPL is part of this lion country. These animals have always lived here, preying on deer and other wildlife and playing an important role in the ecosystem.
Employees are strongly cautioned against interfering with wild animals on Lab, especially large predators such as mountain lions. The following suggestions regarding mountain lions are from the California Department of Fish and Game and are based on studies of mountain lion behavior:
• Do not hike alone. Stay in groups if at all possible.
• Do not approach a lion. Most mountain lions will try to avoid a confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
• If you do see a lion, do not run from it. Stand still or back away slowly. Do all you can to appear larger. Do not crouch down or bend over.
• If attacked, fight back vigorously. Try to remain standing and face the animal. Shout or scream loudly. Use rocks, sticks, caps, jackets or, finally, bare hands to defend yourself.
If you see a mountain lion or other large predator on Laboratory grounds, notify the JPL Security Office or Environmental Affairs.