A mountain lion was spotted again early Friday in the same Simi Valley neighborhood where officials said a cougar fatally attacked one dog and injured another.
Video shows the big cat in the area of the 3200 block of Bluebird Circle at around 1 a.m.
The mountain lion walked on the street, along front yards and through bushes. At one point, the animal was seen jumping over a fence.
The cougar has a collar but it’s not currently being monitored as part of a long-term study of the species in and around the Santa Monica Mountains.
It’s possible the cat is P-35, an older female cat whose collar stopped working and is known to inhabit the Santa Susana Mountains, according to Ana Beatriz Cholo, a spokeswoman for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. There’s no evidence the animal is P-35 for sure, Cholo said.
The footage recorded Friday showed Simi Valley patrol vehicles closely following the mountain lion.
No additional incidents have been reported after police and residents said a mountain lion injured an 8-year-old Havanese just before 10 p.m. Wednesday and killed a 10-year-old schnauzer at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Those attacks happened in the 5400 and 5500 blocks of Evening Sky Drive, about a half-mile away from the mountain lion sighting early Friday.
Officers with Simi Valley police and the Department of Fish and Wildlife Game responded to both attacks but the mountain lion managed to get away, according to the Police Department.
“We don’t want to hurt them, but we don’t want the mountain lion to kill our pets or our kids either,” said Michael Cheng, who was walking his 33-pound Havenese when it was injured by the cougar.
Hours after the dog was treated for puncture wounds, a mountain lion tried to enter the family’s home through a doggy door, Cheng said.
“I know we have a problem, because this mountain lion is not going away,” Cheng said. “Relocate him. That is the right thing to do.”
Police said they received three additional reports of sightings in the northeast part of Simi Valley between 6:16 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on Thursday.
Law enforcement is working with state wildlife officials to address the issue. Police encouraged anyone who sees a mountain lion to report it immediately.