First Blush

Reflections and sightings from [almost] daily jogging at dawn

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Sunrise 5:47 am: "Avoid walking at dawn..."

The Dawn Joggers didn't get out with Cassie until Sunday afternoon due to other commitments. And they had not passed by the Stanford Community Garden, which sits just east of the jogging/biking path the runs adjacent to the golf course, since Thursday morning. This area is only 1/2 mile from their suburban neighborhood, so they were astonished to see a newly-posted sign warning that a mountain lion had been spotted in the area. According to another pair of walkers, the lion had stalked a woman who was working in the community garden. It seemed incredible that a lion would have ventured into such a populated area, but fish and game experts say such suburban/urban sightings may be the result of young lions being forced out the home range of adult lions. A killing of a lion in a Gilroy neighborhood a couple of weeks ago has provoked requests for better cooperation and planning between the California Fish and Game Department and local police departments, who are usually ill-equipped to handle the situation of a lion in a populated area. Meanwhile, the sign told the DJs to "fight back if attacked."


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