by Anneli Rufus
A mountain lion has been spotted in lower Kensington.
Officer Doug Wilson of the Kensington Police Department sent a security alert to area residents today based on an incident that occurred exactly a week ago:
"On Tuesday, 9/21/10, at approximately 1730 hours, a taxicab driver reported seeing a small Mountain Lion in the area of Berkeley Park Blvd and Colusa Ave.
"His call advised dispatchers that the Mountain Lion walked into an unknown direction and the cab driver did not feel threatened by it. On-duty Kensington Officers completely checked the area for a good amount of time and they did not observe the animal. We have had no additional calls since.
"Now, please be aware there are many animals in this area all the time; we often don¹t see them. But the reason I am sending you this Security Alert is because I want you all to be cautious (especially at night) and use common sense safety tips such as being on alert at night and using lights when out walking with or without your dogs. Maybe keep some legal pepper spray/mace with you on your late night walks. You can Google where to buy the products legally. Also, please call 911 if you hear or see anything that you think Police should check out."
A hundred-pound female mountain lion was shot and killed by Berkeley police early in the morning of August 31 after residents spotted it roaming the Gourmet Ghetto area.