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DISTURBING IMAGE: Residents are being warned to keep a close eye on pets and small children in a growing number of communities …

CALIFORNIA: Mountain lion spotted in Berkeley hills, third sighting this fall

 (BERKELEYSIDE.COM) A mountain lion was seen outside the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory perimeter fence according to a UC Berkeley police alert.

“The mountain lion disappeared down the hillside,” the alert said.

“The area was searched, but the mountain lion was not found.”

Officials advise residents to always keep children and pets in sight while hiking and within arm’s reach in areas that can conceal a lion.

Hike with a good walking stick; this can be useful in warding off a lion.

MASSACHUSETTS: Rabid Coyote Attack: Woman Bit; Animal Shot

A coyote carries a dead cat in this recent image captured in the Boston area.

(PATCH.COM) A North Attleboro woman was bit by a rabid coyote this week and police said they were forced to shoot and kill the animal.

The incident happened just days after a coyote was seen carrying a dead cat in its mouth in Newton over the weekend.

NEW JERSEY: Large Coyotes Spotted in Passaic Valley Area, May Be Dangerous …

(TAPINTO.NET) Woodland Park, NJ- In the Passaic Valley area there have been numerous coyote sightings.  The sightings usually occur in the evening hours and the coyotes can be extremely dangerous.

Wildlife officials issued following precautions

The following guidelines can help reduce the likelihood of conflicts with coyotes:

  • Never feed a coyote. Deliberately feeding coyotes puts pets and other residents in the neighborhood at risk.
  • Feeding pet cats and/or feral (wild) cats outdoors can attract coyotes. The coyotes feed on the pet food and also prey upon the cats.
  • Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.
  • Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates.
  • Bring pets in at night.
  • Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.
  • Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry, and other farm animals.
  • Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
  • Although extremely rare, coyotes have been known to attack humans. Parents should monitor their children, even in familiar surroundings, such as backyards.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
  • Clear brush and dense weeds from around dwellings – this reduces protective cover for coyotes and makes the area less attractive to rodents and rabbits. Coyotes, as well as other predators, are attracted to areas where rodents are concentrated like woodpiles.
  • If coyotes are present, make sure they know they’re not welcome. Make loud noises, blast a canned air siren, throw rocks, or spray them with a garden hose.

If you observe coyotes in the daytime that show no fear of humans or if a coyote attacks a person, immediately contact your local police department.