Mountain Lion Spotted in Resident’s Backyard

A mountain lion was spotted resting under a tree in the backyard of a Pasadena resident’s home in the 1600 block of Fiske Avenue on Thursday evening at 5pm.

The home is about two miles from the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Generally, it is uncommon to see mountain lions this far out from the hills. There have been no reports in recent history of mountain lions in the city. 

Next door neighbor, 14-year old Gavin Corteza spotted the mountain lion and shot pictures of the large cat through bushes.

Gavin Corteza, 14 who lives next door with his father was able to peer into the backyard and take a photo of the mountain lion. (Photo by Gavin Corteza)

Residents spotted the creature and called authorities. The police set up a perimeter and warned residents to stay indoors while waiting for wildlife officials from the State Department of Fish and Wildlife officials to arrive to the scene. 

State wildlife officials were able to sedate the mountain lion by 8pm and transported it to their facility to nurse it back to health. The mountain lion is estimated to weight between 80 and 100 pounds. It likely wandered into the area looking for hydration. 

With the summer months coming, and as climate is drier, we may see more wildlife coming into the residential area. 


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