A combination of fear and fascination gripped a Glendale neighborhood when a mountain lion was spotted roaming the streets, yards and jumping fences.
State wildlife experts finally tranquilized the big cat – but not before it ran under John Yankosky’s deck – trying to hide.
“We thought we were going to have to cut the deck but they got him out.”
“He had an odd reaction going down, so the first injection may have not been in a muscle.”
California fish and wildlife wardens believe the animal is a full-grown male, weighing about 120 pounds.
And they say if you encounter such a creature, grab your kids and pets, lock the doors and windows and call the cops.
Jamie Holler lives next door to her mother-in-law Barbara.
The mountain lion visited both of their backyards. They were not home at the time.
“I think if I saw the cat I probably would run too. I love animals. I just wonder if he’s going to come back,” says homeowner Jamie Holler.
“Usually in the afternoon, a lot of times I’m in the yard gardening, yes. And I just happened to be away today. And I think I’m glad,” says Barbara Holler.
Wildlife officials say this is the first sighting of a mountain lion in a Southern California populated area this year.
They expect more as we approach summer.
The big cats are looking for food and they focus on a scent without paying too much attention to their surroundings.
That’s when they might have to start dodging tranquilizer darts.