The mountain lion attack that killed a small dog in the Hollywood Hills earlier this month shocked many residents. But it was not a sign of a growing threat to humans, and there are several steps to prevent such an encounter, say wildlife experts.

“There’s no evidence out there that when a mountain lion attacks a pet, there’s an elevated risk to humans,” said Jeff Sikich of the National Park Service.

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