This news item illustrates how the presence of mountain lions does not have to be responded to with panic and exaggerated fear. Sadly a beloved senior dog received severe injuries after he went outside at 3.30am and encountered a mountain lion. ‘Mate’s’ brave owner was able to deter the lion by yelling and waving her arms at it. The lion let Mate go after carrying him towards the woods. In response,Mate’s best friend will install some conflict prevention measures to keep Mate safe in the future-she knows they live in lion habitat. California Department of Wildlife also recommended some excellent tips to help people protect their families and pets. This was a very rare event and the responses to it are proactive and constructive. Get better soon Mate!