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Safety tips for possible mountain lion encounters

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Mountain lion sightings are common in the east county, and some families are educating themselves on what to do if they see one.

On Thursday night, The Mountain Lion Foundation briefed Alpine and Descanso residents on actions to take if they encounter a mountain lion without having to kill the animal. 

Members said the animal's population is not growing, rather the big cats are losing space to urban sprawl. 

Some ways to stay safe are to keep pet food inside, use a horn, throw things or stand still. 

Fatal attacks are very rare. Since 1895, only 19 people have died from wild cat attacks. It's estimated that 250 roam San Diego County. 

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