Authorities confirm mountain lion sighting in Mission Viejo
The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center has confirmed reports of a mountain lion sighting near the crossing of Marguerite Parkway and Alicia Parkway near Lake Mission Viejo. The center received reports that after 45 minutes without any incident, the lion swam across the lake toward the Mollorca Condominium Community. (Mountain lions can swim but do not like to and will only do so if absolutely necessary.) Mountain lions hunt deer, which live in the surrounding area as well as coyotes, raccoons, skunks, opossums, rodents, rabbits, etc. They do not typically prey on domestic animals unless an opportunity arises and are solitary, elusive and usually avoid humans as much as possible.
Stay safer by remembering to:
- Be aware.
- Don’t walk alone, bring a friend.
- Wear bright and highly contrasting clothing.
- Watch for signs and trail postings.
- Avoid jogging or mountain biking in low light conditions at dusk and dawn.
- Stay on the trail.
- Supervise children, and keep them within arm’s reach.
- Keep pets on a secure leash.
- Keep pets indoors.
- Don’t approach any wild animal.
- Give wildlife the time and space to steer clear of you.
- Try to look as large as you can and do not crouch down if you see a mountain lion.
Mountain lions are helpful in maintaining order in our ecosystem and assist to keep other wildlife numbers in check. If you see a mountain lion, report the sighting immediately to Mission Viejo Animal Services at 949-470-3045 or the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 949-770-6011.
For more information on mountain lions, visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.
This is very scary because traveling in such a populated area where kids play etc!!! Hope our city can do something to ensure the lion has found its way back home & away from populated area as reported here.