Solstice Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains was temporarily closed this week after a mountain lion injured a person and attempted to attack an unleashed dog, according to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area officials .
On Tuesday, a person walking a small dog on a leash was injured when a mountain lion tried to attack the dog, officials wrote in a social media post. The person had a scratch and a puncture wound on their hand; National Park Service rangers provided medical aid to the scene. The dog was not injured. A second mountain lion was also seen in the area during the incident.
The park was closed until 8 a.m. Thursday while park wildlife biologists assessed the situation, officials said.
“Mountain lions are unpredictable wild animals,” officials wrote. “Although conflicts with humans are rare, there is always a risk when you recreate in areas used by mountain lions.”
Experts recommend that if you encounter a mountain lion, be as intimidating and large as possible by waving your arms, shouting and throwing objects at the animal. Back up and give the mountain lion space to move away and not turn and run.
The last mountain lion attack occurred about a year ago, when the famous cougar P-22 killed a chihuahua on a leash after stalking a dog walker in the Hollywood Hills, according to the National Park Service. The puma was euthanized due to serious injuries in December 2022.
Los Angeles Times