Mountain lion spotted in Las Vegas neighborhood
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Las Vegas Metropolitan Police confirmed a mountain lion was spotted in the Spring Valley area.
LVMPD Officer Misael Parra said the mountain lion was seen in the 6200 block of Fairbanks Road, near Flamingo Road and Jones Boulevard. The mountain lion was spotted on private property.
Clark County School District Lt. Bryan Zink confirmed Guinn Middle School and Dondero Elementary School were placed on lockdown due to the mountain lion. Workers at West Flamingo Senior Center also confirmed they were on lockdown as a result, though the lockdown lifted later Monday afternoon.
Parra said the department is assisting the Nevada Department of Wildlife in the investigation.
LVMPD said around 2:15 p.m. that the mountain lion couldn’t be found and urged anyone who sees the mountain lion to call police.
Here are some tips should people encounter a mountain lion:
- Stay calm when you come upon a lion. Talk calmly yet firmly to it. Move slowly.
- Stop or back away slowly, if you can do it safely. Running may stimulate a lion’s instinct to chase and attack. Face the lion and stand upright.
- Do all you can to appear larger. Raise your arms. Open your jacket if you’re wearing one. If you have small children with you, protect them by picking them up so they won’t panic and run.
- If the lion behaves aggressively, throw stones, branches or whatever you can get your hands on without crouching down or turning your back. Wave your arms slowly and speak firmly. What you want to do is convince the lion you are not prey and that you may in fact be a danger to the lion.
- Fight back if a lion attacks you. Lions have been driven away by prey that fights back. People have fought back with rocks, sticks, caps or jackets, garden tools and their bare hands successfully. Remain standing or try to get back up!
- Planting non-native shrubs and plants that deer often prefer to eat encourages wildlife to come onto your property. Predators follow prey. Don’t feed any wildlife!
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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