Monrovia residents urged to be cautious after mountain lion sightings in neighborhood

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Police are urging residents in a Monrovia neighborhood to be cautious after multiple sightings of a mountain lion between Saturday and Monday.

The adult puma was spotted roaming the areas of the 800 block of West Olive Avenue and 600 block of South Monterey Avenue in the past few days, according to a news release from the Monrovia Police Department.

Monrovia resident Mark Tydell told KTLA he’s lived in the area for over two decades and has seen plenty of wildlife, but never a mountain lion.

“At 6 a.m. I was looking out my front window, making coffee in the kitchen and there was a mountain lion on my front lawn. And I thought, how unusual,” he said. “With him walking so casual, that’s what’s scary. He’s getting acclimated.”

Another resident, Luke Fitzaptrick, posted a video of one of the sightings on YouTube. The security footage, taken around 10 p.m. Saturday, showed the mountain lion strolling through his property.

The puma jumped over a wall and into a neighboring yard, Fitzpatrick wrote. He said he was walking his dogs when he observed the big cat less than two hours later.

A warden from the California Department of Fish and Game was dispatched to the scene to “evaluate the situation,” police said.

In the meantime, authorities are advising residents to be extra vigilant when they leave their homes and to not leave pets and small children alone outside.

Anyone who sees the mountain lion should make loud noises, steer clear of the animal and call Monrovia police at 626-256-8000.

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