UPDATE: Biologist says no mountain lion danger in Bakersfield

UPDATE: Biologist says no mountain lion danger in Bakersfield
An animal is seen in a photo released Monday, April 21, 2014, by police in Bakersfield, Calif. Police said the suspected mountain lion was reported Friday in the western part of the city. A wildlife expert told Eyewitness News on Tuesday that the animal seen here is probably just a bobcat.

UPDATE (Tuesday, April 22, 2014): Kern County wildlife biologist Vicky Monroe told Eyewitness News that the animal seen in a photo circulating on social media is not a mountain lion. She says it's most likely a bobcat, which are much smaller and "typically pose no threat to humans, at all."

Monday, police warned of a possible mountain lion sighting in Bakersfield. That original story is below this video update.



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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Police warned of a possible mountain lion sighting in Bakersfield.

The police department said a TV station in town, not Eyewitness News, was alerted to the possible mountain lion via social media.

Police released a photo Monday, showing the suspected mountain lion Friday at River Run between Stockdale Highway and Allen Road.

The police department relayed the following advice about mountain lion safety from the California Department of Wildlife:

  • Do not hike, bike, or jog alone.
  • Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active - dawn, dusk and at night.
  • Keep a close watch on small children.
  • Do not approach a mountain lion.
  • If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run. Face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms. Throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children.
  • If attacked, fight back.
  • If a mountain lion attacks a person, immediately call 911.