El Dorado County Animal Services officials are alerting residents and visitors to two reports of mountain lion sightings in the South Lake Tahoe area this week.
The sightings occurred in the meadow area between Black Bart Avenue and Al Tahoe Boulevard, according to a county news release.
"In both instances, the mountain lion appeared to be calm and did not exhibit any aggressive behavior," Lt. Robert Gerat, supervising animal services officer, said in a written statement. "But since the sightings were reported in a populated area, we wanted to inform the community and remind them to be alert to their surroundings."
The first sighting was reported about 2 p.m. Tuesday, when an individual saw the mountain lion walking across the meadow from a South Tahoe Public Utility District building toward Lake Tahoe Community College. The second sighting was reported in the meadow about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, when an individual walking dogs saw the mountain lion lying in the field about 60 yards away.
The mountain lion did not approach the individuals in either case.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife offers tips to avoid or handle encounters with mountain lions:
Do not hike, bike or jog alone. Go in groups, with adults supervising children
Avoid hiking or jogging at dawn, dusk and at night, when mountain lions are most active.
Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended.
Do not approach a mountain lion.
If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run. Instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms or other objects. Pick up small children.
If attacked, fight back.
To report routine sightings of non-aggressive mountain lions in the South Lake Tahoe area, call El Dorado County Animal Services at (530) 573-7925. In an emergency, or if a mountain lion is exhibiting aggressive behavior, call 911.