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Mountain Lion Spotted on Lake Ave. Sunday Morning

A resident emailed Patch describing the following encounter

Altadena resident Michael Packer emailed Patch (via his wife Stephanie Clayton) with the following account of a mountain lion encounter..

This past Sunday morning at 2:45 I was returning home from work. I was driving north on Lake St. just before Poppyfields and saw an animal out of the corner of my eye. I thought it was a coyote or a deer. I stopped to look and it was a mountain lion! The cat was about 75 pounds and was scavenging for food. I drove off and decided to call the police. They said to leave it alone and as long as it wasn’t attacking anyone it was fine.

Packer did not get a photo of the encounter; the accompanying picture is a file photo.

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Revvell December 19, 2011 at 09:01 PM
I'd love to have seen that!
Ron Rosen December 19, 2011 at 11:35 PM
"As long as it wasn't attacking anyone, it was fine." Wonderful! "If it's got someone in its mouth, call us back."
Karin Bugge December 20, 2011 at 01:03 AM
Don't mind Ron, he's a flatlander. I think the police response was absolutely appropriate. Have encountered mountain lions before, and we've agreed without any argument, to go in opposite directions.
Lorraine Pozniak December 20, 2011 at 02:46 PM
If he hangs out in that neighborhood too long, Paco will get him. He needs to come down and hang out with the coyotes at Mendocino and Maiden. They'll show him the best local dining. If he's only around 75 pounds he's young and/or not well fed. I would have loved to have seen him, anyway...
khadija December 20, 2011 at 03:37 PM
I agree Ron, poor thing must be hungry to have come down! We saw one last spring up on Altadena Crest trail just in from the access above Loma Alta Park. It was magnificent! Truly a beautiful creature. I was in awe of it but my husband was a bit nervous. It watched us for about 20 secs and then slipped away. If you saw one in person you'd be full of respect for these beautiful animals!
khadija December 20, 2011 at 03:38 PM
OOPS! I meant, I agree with the others - Ron, don't worry! lol...need to finish this cup of coffee before posting I guess : >
Dottie Burns December 20, 2011 at 05:19 PM
They truly are beautiful cats and after all, they were here before us. I also would have loved to see it. If you can't appreciate the animals, don't live in the foothills.
Lisa Hastings December 20, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Lovely beast. Save the police calls for the criminals please.
lonnie fehr December 20, 2011 at 06:37 PM
OH NO RUN 4 YOUR LIVES . lol just kidding .

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