A mountain lion sighting at Cal Poly on Monday night has brought the number of sightings at or near the university to four this month.
All of the sightings have taken place near Poly Canyon Village, said George Hughes, chief of police for the University Police Department.
“This mountain lion has been seen on the hillside. That’s its natural habitat; it’s not unusual,” Hughes said.
The first sighting took place May 2 on Stenner Creek Road; followed by two sightings Sunday near the Poly Canyon Village parking structure; and a fourth sighting at 9:30 p.m. on Monday night in the same area near the structure.
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Police are assuming that all sightings are of the same mountain lion, Hughes said.
Although mountain lions are secretive and attacks on humans are rare, police say there are considered threats. The university police department has emailed the following recommendations to the Cal Poly community in the event of an encounter with a mountain lion: