Mountain Lion Kills Monrovia House Cat

The resident reported the mountain lion sighting to police on Thursday night.

A Monrovia resident chased away a mountain lion from his hillside neighborhood Thursday night, but not before it killed his cat.

Maxwell Harvey was pulling up to his home in the 400 block of Lotone Street at about 10 p.m. Thursday when he saw the mountain lion in a neighbor's driveway. He noticed it had something clasped in its jaws.

"I saw something in its mouth but I didn't know what it was," Harvey said. "Then I saw it was my cat so I started to chase after it."

The mountain lion dropped the cat, an orange tabby named "Brett Favre," in the street a few houses down before scampering back up into the foothills.

Harvey said it came back down about an hour later looking for its kill, but he had already picked up the cat's body.


The sent out a robo-call Friday . Residents in Sierra Madre also reported seeing a mountain lion roaming the streets on Monday.

Harvey said that bear sightings in his neighborhood are common but spotting mountain lions was unusual.

Former State Senator Dick Mountjoy, who lives in the neighborhood, said he was told by Monrovia Animal Control officers that the animal was spotted in his driveway Friday morning.

"He just walked up the driveway. I think he was just going back up where he was from," Mountjoy said.

Mountjoy keeps a chicken coop in his backyard and had to put razor wire around it to keep mountain lions out, he said.

"One time a mountain lion got in there and he killed all my chickens," Mountjoy said.

A few years ago, Mountjoy said he found a dead deer on his property with its front leg chewed off by a mountain lion. He believes they have become too populous in the foothills behind Monrovia.

Mountain lions are classified as a "specially protected species" but are not on the endangered species list, according to the Department of Fish and Game's website. The department estimates that there are about 4,000 to 6,000 mountain lions living in the state.

Katheen September 17, 2011 at 03:51 PM
10 pm at night and they live at the edge of the wilderness and the cat is outside?!?! WTH? How stupid are these people? I'm very sorry that cat is dead but if it wasn't a mountain lion (lets not distract with sensationalism) it would have been coyotes. I live in Sierra Madre about a half mile from the wilderness and I routinely have coyotes in my yard. And despite my warnings, my neighbor left his cat outside at night because "she didn't come in when he called" but guess who has to wake the neighbor at 3 am because his cat was killed outside my bedroom window? It doesn't matter if it's a coyote or a bear or a mountain lion. KEEP YOUR ANIMALS INSIDE AFTER DARK unless you're outside with them. This lion sounds like a young one, unsure. If people want to live high on the hills on the edge of the mountains, then you'll have to deal with the "nature" that you love so much. Building a house up there means you have to deal with stuff you wouldn't in a city: wildfires, animals, messiness. Go buy a condo if you want to kill every animal that scares or annoys you in a 20 mile radius. The only thing you'll have to contend with are rats and pidgeons.
Sukes September 17, 2011 at 05:13 PM
"How can you be so stupid". Dang Kathleen. What a bitter way to start the day. MANY of us live on the edge of the forest with coyote and bear and mountain lions aplenty, and the beauty and serenity here sometimes makes us complacent. I have lost my own pets recently to old age but I am grateful for the reminder that we share our space with the wildlife. Hope your day gets better K.
C C September 17, 2011 at 09:05 PM
People just don't get it. We live in the foothills with wildlife. Why on earth would anyone let their cat outside, EVER? Too many times I have woken up during the night to the blood curdling howls of a "pet" cat being killed by a wild animal. That sound is horrifying and unforgettable. Then of course the requisite lost kitty sign goes up on the light pole. Please, I beg of you, if you love your cats keep them indoors always. If you don't LOVE your cats, you shouldn't have any.
kitinhills September 17, 2011 at 11:14 PM
I think that we do indeed need to recognize that we humans are building in wildlife habitat and anyone buying in said places should respect that fact. Domestic cats by nature like to be outside too - our cat fortunately doesn't wander far and pretty much comes in when called but I do get apprehensive on the odd occasion when he isn't in sight. I would( and I'm sure he would agree) rather he have a shorter life with freedom than be imprisoned in a house, never to experience the outside! C C - I disagree with you entirely! I will never lock my cat up - he enjoys the fresh air, the sounds of birds, the wonderment of the outside as much as I do. My life would be so meaningless with out this ability - the same goes for my cat! He is one happy kitty. I look after him as much as I can but can't be a protector 24 hours a day without stifling his natural instincts. Sad that Mr. Harvey lost his cat to the Mountain Lion (and at 10pm!) but that doesn't make him an uncaring person necessarily. What we don't need to do is freak out and start calling for a cull of these beautiful creatures. Your domestic pet or you yourself are more at risk from some looney human - now they do freak me!
kim c September 17, 2011 at 11:32 PM
I think basically we are all on the same page here....we live in the mountain lion's, bears' and coyotes' territory...not they in ours. If we choose to do that then we need to respect and appreciate them for the incredibly wonderful gift that they are. Nothing makes me madder than people alerting the media whenever they see one of our furry neighbors wondering their neighborhood. Our nation's press being of the fear mongering, "if it bleeds it leads", sensationalist mentality that they are, eat this stuff up and encourage fearfulness and aggression, rather than respect and admiration toward our wildlife. Act responsibly...keep your pets in if you want to protect them, cover your trash tightly, and resist the urge to call the police or the media PLEASE....nothing good EVER comes of that.
Laura-Anne Rowell September 18, 2011 at 01:45 AM
cat's have a mind of their own. They don't always come in when called and at times reck your home when vrought in too soon. my Walter is a belvoved neighborhood cat. everyone knows him and lets him into their lives and homes. He MUST be outside most of teh day. my other cat Jade is mostly indoor and a huge lover with me. Teh two are completly different. I would hate for either to get attacked, but it's better to live as a free bird for a shorter time, than one in a cage for a longer life.
Bob McCoy September 18, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Mr. Harvey is unfortunate to have lost his pet cat. I would hate to lose any of my cats, so I feel that must have been a horrible sight for Harvey. My cats are indoor-only. I feel somewhat guilty about keeping them in; they were shelter cats and previously free to roam. However, Felis catus is an invasive species in the Americas. Cats are efficient predators killing millions of birds and small mammals yearly. The prey of cats is also the prey of wild animals, causing additional stress on biological diversity. Many states issue permits to kill mountain lions that take a pet; another reason to keep pets indoors. You can find helpful flyers at many websites, e.g, http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/materials/predation.pdf Here’s one for pet safety in lion territory: http://www.mountainlion.org/4simplesteps.asp All members of the Felidae family are obligate carnivores. Keep your house cats healthy and happy by feeding them meat. feline-nutrition.org has information on this topic; it’s a bit more involved than throwing your cat a chunk of meat. With education and care, we can enjoy our pets and reduce environmental impact. With tolerance toward apex consumers and support of habitat, we can help to rebuild the diversity of remaining wildlife to leave a better environment for our children. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/decline-of-predators-such-as-wolves-throws-food-chains-out-of-whack-report-says/2011/07/14/gIQAaeY1EI_story.html
Catherine Addé September 18, 2011 at 05:23 PM
C C September 19, 2011 at 01:42 PM
I have to respectfully disagree with cats NEEDING the freedom to be outdoors and thus that makes it ok if they have shorter lives. Mine are indoor only, as happy and healthy as can be. They enjoy watching the birds, sunning themselves, and people watching through the screen doors and windows and most of all they are SAFE while doing so and have no desire to go outside. They have plenty of toys, scratching posts and entertainment. I have had cats live to 17 and 20 years old, as they so deserve to live, comfortably, safely and healthfully. When you adopt a cat, you take on that responsibility for their safety and it is negligent to just let them wander with all of the risks that entails. Why bother adopting if you really don't care how long they live or what is best for their safety? I don't get the attitude that they are disposable. Check out one of the shelters and see just how disposable people seem to think companion animals are or how many come in a strays, sick, injured, abused. I guess if you like fleas, wounds from fighting, witnessing them get hit by cars, abused by people, or eaten by coyotes and mountain lions, then you will continue to let your cats be "free." Why adopt a cat if you really don't care what their outcome might be? This is also why many rescues screen to be sure the cat will be indoors, cared for and a part of the family, For those of you considering keeping your cats indoors, as I hope you will from here forward, they adjust VERY easily!!
Vikki Orlando September 19, 2011 at 08:01 PM
We live in the foothills and our pets need to be inside the house hence the word "housecat". My cat stays indoors and is quite happy. We live in bear, coyote and mountain lion territory and they hunt. Keep your pets safe and inside, especially after dusk.
R G September 25, 2011 at 04:10 PM
The mountain lion was spotted on Vista Circle Drive on Friday in the middle of the day.
Bob McCoy September 25, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Mountain lions, like most cats, are crepuscular. They are, however, active during daylight hours, and most typically observed by humans during daylight hours. Dr. Rick Hopkins (Puma concolor expert) has written an excellent analysis on the subject "Whose behavior is changing?" in a letter to Predator Defense. You can read the letter at http://www.loainc.com/Articles/CougarsFear.pdf California bans sports hunting of lions, but that ban is under constant attack by hunting interests. If you have interest in preserving cougars, you should look to support organizations that fight to protect mountain lions. Mountain Lion Foundation is an example, Predator Defense, PAWS, HSUS, Orecat, and many others also carry on against the constant assault against mountain lions. Check their websites to see how you can help by contacting legislators, writing letters to editors, and the like. The more people we can get to participate, the sooner we can stop the senseless slaughter of keystone species.
keke November 22, 2011 at 10:10 PM
It's such a shame to hear what happened to that cat. I myself would have to agree that if your going to live in wildlife...and have small house pets, such as dogs, or cats they should be kept indoors for they're safety. Also the safety of humans ...if the wild animal thinks it's easy to find food in such neighborhoods they will continue to come around. Whose to say the next kill isn't a human!


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