Mountain Lion invades home

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On the local news tonight there is a story about a Mountain Lion that jumped from a fence through a window into a Redlands house. The cat left tracks through the house but didnt encounter any occupants. It exited through the same window. Experts tried to track the animal but lost the tracks. Watch your back Jesse.            Fubar
 

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I also saw some guy on the news feeding a bear that was dumpster diving up around duarte.
No wounder why they come out of the hills, that bacon looked pretty good!!
 

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Cougar pays visit to Redlands home

Redlands Daily Facts paper

A family locked themselves in a bedroom Tuesday morning when a cougar entered their home through a kitchen window, according to police spokeswoman Renee Groese.

The large cat left through a bedroom window and was seen running through backyards in the 500 block of Walnut Avenue.

The cougar jumped through the window of a house in the 500 block of West Palm Avenue around 6:30 a.m.

A neighbor across the street saw the cat jump out of a window and run east on Palm.

The Department of Fish and Game has been called out.

There was a bigger write up in the San Bernardino Sun paper but as usual, it is not up on their website.

The article said the cougar was sitting on a wooden fence when the fence let go and when the cat leaped off the fence it crashed through the house window. The cougar landed in a kid's bedroom where the cat scrambled around the house for a bit and then crashed out another window. Article said the kid had just left the bedroom before the kitty crash landed there. I bet that kid would have crapped his britches when he saw the kitty's big wild eyes and fangs.

Cat was supposed to be a 100 lb. female or young male. Taking out the trash tonight should be interesting.
 

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Mountain lion eludes searchers
The discovery of tracks keeps the hunt alive. Fliers advise residents to keep small pets indoors.

BY RICHARD BROOKS, THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
REDLANDS

A mountain lion evaded capture Wednesday in residential Redlands, though the discovery of paw prints in a vegetable garden kept the search alive near where the big cat had streaked through an occupied house the day before.

"It looks like (the cat) hopped over the fence from the orange grove," Alayne Wagoner said of the tracks found among the cilantro, peppers, pumpkins and tomatoes she grows between the grove and her Banyan Drive home.

Wagoner's 12-year-old daughter found the tracks about 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The two-day drama prompted Redlands Animal Control officials to issue printed warnings that the mountain lion -- also called a cougar -- might still be loose in south Redlands, possibly in or around Prospect Park.

"Caution," the flier began. "Please be advised that there has been a cougar sighting in this area. You are advised to keep small pets confined inside at night."

The only confirmed sighting occurred Tuesday morning, when the cat crashed through a closed dining-room window, raced through a house on the 500 block of West Palm Avenue and escaped by shattering a bedroom window, ignoring a sleeping 3-year-old boy.

The big question Wednesday: Had the cat slipped back into the brush south of the city?

"It really is a 50-50 guess," said Gayle Lipes, the city's animal control supervisor. "The animal certainly could return to the area where she originated. Or she has made up her mind to remain here. And if that's the case, it will create a problem. We obviously can't have a cougar living within a residential area."

A U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service employee patrolled the area Wednesday but found no further signs of the big cat. Trackers plan to keep looking for the rest of the week. If the cat is caught lingering in the highly populated area, it's likely to be in big trouble.

"We are not comfortable with this lion hanging around this area," said Mike McBride, regional patrol chief for the California Department of Fish and Game. "He has acted in a manner that makes us extremely uncomfortable. And putting the animal down is something we're definitely considering."

Judging by its 3.5-inch-long paw prints, the animal probably weighs about 80 pounds, which would make it either an adult female or an adolescent male, McBride said. And if it's still hanging around after it shattered two windows, it presumably isn't fearful of being around people, authorities reason.

"There's something keeping his interest," said McBride, whose list of possibilities includes possums, raccoons, dogs and housecats. "I can even see a (big) cat taking dog food."

Relocating the animal is out of the question, authorities say, because it arguably would just transfer the problem animal to another community or hiking area.

In the meantime, the mountain lion is the talk of the town, particularly in the Prospect Park area, where residents say pet cats periodically disappear at night.

"It's sort of exciting," said Nancianne Stobaugh, who lives a few houses from where the paw prints were found along the 900 block of Banyan.

This is the first mountain lion sighting in the neighborhood since she moved there nearly four decades ago, she said.

"It's coyotes that are common around here," said her husband, Warren. "When you see them walking on the street, they're totally unconcerned about you!"

Still, many people are taking the mountain lion's visit in stride.

"It doesn't bother me," said Andrea Titera, a Walnut Avenue resident. "The poor things. They don't have any place to go anymore. There's a lot of construction in the canyons."

Mountain lions are as wary of people as people are of them, she figures.

"I'm more concerned with people bothering me than wild animals."

Staff writer Amy Diaz contributed to this report.

Richard Brooks can be reached by e-mail at rbrooks@pe.com or by phone at (909) 890-4452.
 

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Havn't seen anything on the TV news.. As soon as it has someone for din din we will !! Then the antis will say poor cat had to eat a person..Maybe we should feed it.. I can see it coming..
 
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