Cougar Reportedly Sighted Hours After Bobcat Sighting

A resident reported seeing a cougar in Sierra Madre on Wednesday, hours after a bobcat sighting was reported.

Less than five hours after a , another resident called Sierra Madre Police to report seeing a medium-sized cougar, Sergeant Ruben Enriquez told Patch Wednesday afternoon. 

The sighting took place at around 11:21 a.m. in the 2000 block of Vista Avenue, where the resident spotted the animal in their backyard and then reported that it hopped the fence into a neighbor's yard in the 2000 block of Santa Anita Avenue.

Officers searched the area and were unable to find the reported cougar.

Cougars are also known as mountain lions. Enriquez said that depending on who is reporting an animal sighting, a resident may use the term "cougar", "mountain lion", "bobcat" or something else to describe the animal.

The alleged bobcat sighted Wednesday morning in the 600 block of Edgeview Drive was described as small, whereas the cougar was described as medium sized, but is unclear if the same animal was reported in the sightings.

Have you seen a bobcat, bear or mountain lion in Sierra Madre recently? If you have .

VFD August 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM
That's a big pussy cat
Heyunclemick August 15, 2012 at 09:59 PM
We had a bobcat in the back yard in late may early june. Nice looking animal. Too quick for camera. We are couple blocks away from Edge-view.
Carroll Brown August 15, 2012 at 10:28 PM
For some strange reason, people get bobcats and mountain lions mixed up. Don't know why for they don't even resemble each other. Bobcats are smaller with tufted ears and their tails are a lot shorter. They are grayish black in color. They will run from you.
Catherine Addé August 16, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Here's the kitty I spotted walking by my office window last year, took the photo at our neighbour's house. In a split second, it seemed to 'pose' for the camera - and am thankful I had my camera ready with a telephoto lens. http://sierramadre.patch.com/articles/mountain-lion-spotted-on-skyland-drive
kitinhills August 16, 2012 at 05:04 PM
If I reported to the police every time I saw the natural wildlife I would be on the phone most days. We choose to live in hills with these cats, bears, coyotes, rattlers et al. Not the other way around! By all means be cautious and let your neighbors know but you should also learn to live with these wonderful creatures. The police have got better things to do (catch burglars?) than shoo these critters back to where they would go anyway if you left them alone.


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