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Mountain lion spotted among parked cars in Burbank

August 5, 2011 |  1:00 pm

Burbank police officers on Thursday reported seeing a mountain lion walking between parked cars near Kenneth Road and Brown Drive before it continued up Woodstock Lane and into the hillside, where it disappeared, the city reported Friday.

Mountain lion sightings aren't uncommon in the foothills and hillside areas in the heat of summer, when dry conditions drive some of the cats down into urban areas in search of food and water. They are typically skittish and avoid human contact, but city officials urged residents to keep pet food and water dishes indoors to cut down on temptation.

The mountain lion reportedly jumped an 8-foot high fence on Woodstock Lane before traveling into the brush and out of sight, according to the city.

Officials from California Department of Fish and Game issued several recommendations, including trimming brush, and keeping pets indoors at dawn, dusk at night when mountain lions are most active.

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