Two people reported seeing a mountain lion in a South Lake Tahoe meadow last week.
The cougar was spotted in a meadow between Black Bart Avenue and Al Tahoe Boulevard.
In both cases, the mountain lion was not threatening.
"The mountain lion appeared to be calm and did not exhibit any aggressive behavior," said Lt. Robert Gerat, supervising animal services officer for El Dorado County.
"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," he added.
In the first sighting 2 p.m. Tuesday, the animal was spotted 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 at 4:30 p.m. Thursday when someone saw the mountain lion lounging in the field about 60 yards away.
Recommendations from the California Department of Fish and Game:
Do not approach a mountain lion.
If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run. Instead, face the animal, make noise, wave your arms.
If attacked, fight back.
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