Posted in my neighborhood:
That’s it? How does that call go if, let’s just say, I’m walking down the street to get the mail without my cell phone?
See, I was thinking maybe our HOA should offer a few practical, life-saving strategies for what to do right then. A few significant strategies, like:
- Make yourself appear larger
- Maintain eye contact with lion
- Don’t turn your back
- Keep children close
- Bare your teeth and growl like you do at home to freak out your kids
- Make loud noises
Maybe a sign like this would be helpful:
Instead of, “Well, if you happen to see one, give us a ring.” Because, what? Someone’s going to just sit on that information? In a subdivision?
“Ooh, pretty cat. Hey Mabel, write that one down in our wildlife journal!” (I don’t know why she’s called Mabel.)
Do they assume that sightings will occur from the safety of a resident’s car or house, even the yard? Near a phone? I suppose a lot of people carry cell phones, but maybe not when they’re biking or jogging or walking the dog. And what about the kids out riding their bikes? (Some people do have phones attached to their heads, but they kind of freak me out, the way they look like they’re talking to themselves. I’d as soon cross the street to avoid one of them as I would a mountain lion.)
And another thing…The flyer (I can’t call it a sign) is tacked up on the message board next to the mailboxes, behind glass, and it’s printed on 8 1/2 X 11 paper. I’m guessing not that many people will notice the sign. I only looked for it because a friend told me about the sightings.
News like this seems poster-worthy to me. Or, something in my mailbox might have been nice, something I’d be sure to see.
Something that would make me think, Hmm, maybe I should keep the young ‘uns inside, tasty little lion morsels that they are.
Starting today, I won’t leave the dog out for longer than he needs to be because I have other plans for him. I’ll start taking the recycling out for Boy for a while, but he’d better not get used to it. I’ll sit outside with the kids if they’re playing in the backyard, like that ever happens. I’ll keep an eye out.
And to be fair, this isn’t the first time there have been mountain lion sightings in our development. Anyone who lives here should already know that we’re living in the mountain lion’s backyard, not the other way around. I don’t suppose they go putting up signs. (Human sighting! Call the hotline!) We’re on their turf. But for some reason, there have been more lion sightings than usual these last few weeks (wonder what the normal human/mountain lion ratio is?), and it’s worth noting and worth it to urge some caution.
I only wish the HOA had shared more information, like how many sightings and where? How many lions? Were there cubs? What time of day/night did the sightings take place?
As a public service, I’m going to post this link that explains what to do if you encounter a mountain lion.
It’s the least I can do.
Wait, no it’s not. Hell, I could just put up a flyer.