Amid reports of multiple mountain lion sightings in Rancho Cucamonga recently, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office issued a public notice on Sunday warning residents to be on the alert.
The mountain lions have been spotted in the area north of the 210 Freeway, according to the notice.
In the latest incident, which occurred on Saturday, sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of two separate mountain lions sightings. One of the mountain lions was located in the backyard of a residential neighborhood, but the second one could not be found, the notice stated.
Authorities said a mountain lion also recently attacked a German Sheppard in the area.
Mountain lion attacks on people are rare, according to the Sheriff’s Department, but they have gone up recently because of water shortages and increased residential development in the foothill areas.
To prevent attacks, residents were being urged not to hike, bike or jog alone, and to avoid activities at dawn and dusk. Other measures included keeping a close watch on small children and pets, and not approaching any mountain lion that is seen.
Anyone who encounters a mountain lion was encouraged not to run away and to fight back if attacked, the notice stated.
All mountain lion sightings should be reported to authorities by calling 911.