Mountain Lion Spotted in Whiting Ranch

A mountain lion jumps out in front of a cyclist riding through Whiting Ranch.

A large mountain lion reportedly jumped out in front of a cyclist riding in Whiting Ranch on Sunday, according to the Lake Forest police blotter.

The bicyclist, who was near Serrano Cow Trial and Dreaded Hill, stopped in his tracks and backed away until he was out of sight of the animal.

He called the Orange County Sheriff's Department at 7:59 p.m. to report the cat's presence, according to police.

Deputies responded to the area to look for the cat, as did park rangers. 

A sheriff's helicopter also joined in the search, hovering above Whiting Ranch, but searchers were unable to locate the cat.

"To date, there has been no further sighting of the animal," said Lt. Pat Higa, chief of Lake Forest Police Services.

Nancy July 17, 2012 at 03:30 AM
I live in Foothill Ranch on the Canyon side looking right at Serrano Road. Saw what I thought was the biggest Bobcat I had evern seen here (and I have seen many over the years). It was yesterday, the 15th. I told the neighbors that I thought it might have been a mountain lion because I only saw it from the back; it was walking with a large rabbit in it's mouth. I didn't see the Bobcat markings, just white in the buttocks area and it was all brown. When I read the article in the OC register today and saw the video, I knew I really did see my first Mountain Lion. It was about 6:30 Sunday evening. Tonight, a helicopter hovered over our area for 1 1/2 hours and we saw the Park Ranger truck up on the hill along the trail. I bet they are closing the trail for a few days.
Jonathon July 17, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Jonathon July 17, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I got my ineducation from the Tee Vees!
Jonathon July 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I agree with you Janet. The only solution is to both reduce communities and the human population. I know eugenics gets a bad rap, but let's think about the mountain lions.
Mario Herrera December 20, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Earlier this summer my wife and I were hiking as it got dark. We decided to head out of the park toward the West water tower instead of going down Dreaded Hill. about 300 yards from the water tower, we spotted 3 mountain lions approx. 100 yards down the canyon between Dreaded Hill and the water tower. we shined our light toward them and saw their eyes light up. We remained calm and fast walked to the exit. We did report it to a ranger later that week. I hike out there often and have not seen any cats. I thought they were out of the area, but it is clear they are there and know how to stay out of sight!


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