The following is from Santa Barbara Day Hikes by Ray Ford
Caution. There are many places in Santa Barbara County where mountain lions are present and could become a threat to you or your family. Mountain lions are unpredictable, especially given the extended drought conditions and they have been known to attack without warning. Over the past century there have been very few attack that resulted in death or serious injury but any time you enter mountain lion country, there is a potential that one could occur.
Your safety cannot be guaranteed; however, you can take precautions that may significantly reduce the danger for yourself, your companions and your family.
Travel in groups; hiking alone increases the risk to yourself and your ability to seek help should you have an encounter.
Be aware of your surroundings and be alert to any unusual noises or sounds.
Keep your children or other youngsters within sight at all times.
Use walking sticks. They not only provide an excellent walking aid but could be used to defend yourself if necessary.
If You Encounter a Mountain Lion
DO NOT RUN! Running may stimulate a mountain lion's instinct to chase. Instead, stand and face the animal.
Hold your ground, wave your hands and shout. When possible, move slowly away from the lion while continuing to face it.
If the lion behaves in an aggressive manner either by stalking you or coming closer, throw stones at it.
Convince the lion that you are not prey and that you may be dangerous to it.
Do everything you can to appear larger. If you have small children with you, place them on your shoulders if you can.
Do not crouch down in an attempt to hide. The lion has already seen you well before you saw it.
Continue to move slow
Report the Incident Be sure to report to the incident as soon as possible to alert others to the situation.
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When heading out on any of our local trails always remember to bring plenty of water and take care while you are out there.