Large Mountain Lion Spotted in Sierra Madre

Residents of West Mira Monte Avenue spotted the animal on the evening of Monday, Sept. 12.

A mountain lion was spotted in the middle of W. Mira Monte Avenue on Monday evening, according to Sierra Madre resident Debbie Vass who alerted Patch to the incident.

Vass's neighbor Jennifer Hull told Patch that it was her husband who spotted the mountain lion at approximately 7:30 p.m. as he started to exit their driveway to run an errand.

“Our dog was barking incessantly at the front screen door of our house,” Hull said in an email detailing the incident. “My husband went out to see what could be causing this… When he got into his car and turned on his headlights he saw a large mountain lion sitting in the middle of the street.”

Hull said her husband then flashed his lights at the lion, which caused it to get up and begin walking towards Baldwin Avenue.

As she was speaking with the to report the sighting, the animal took a turn and headed up a neighbor’s driveway on the north side of the street.

Sierra Madre Police and animal control arrived on the scene shortly after receiving the call, though they were unable to locate the animal.

"When we got there, [the resident] could no longer see it and neither we nor [Pasadena Humane] was able to find it either,” SMPD Desk Officer Hasmick Hartunian said.

In an email, Hull described the mountain lion as “large,” with a long, tan body, long tail and big claws.

Hull said that she and her husband were attempting to notify as many neighbors as possible about the potential threat.

“As my husband was coming back from his errand, he did drive down East and West Mira Monte Avenue to notify any walkers of what he saw,” Hull said. “We thought it might be a good thing to make neighbors in the area aware of this.”

Gina Long September 14, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Thank you Jennifer and Brad!!
Catherine Addé September 14, 2011 at 02:58 PM
Since the Santa Anita fire of 2008, many creatures have had their hillside habitats destroyed. They are coming down lower for food and water. In Marlborough Terrace recently, our neighbours have spotted a Mountain Lion on Churchill Road and Fern Glen. A mama and Jr. Bear as well as a Bobcat were also seen the same week. The message remains the same: secure your trash cans, do not leave pet or human food outside, bring your pets indoors during dawn and dusk hours. Check out the Pasadena Humane Society's website for information on learning to live with wildlife. Be safe.
Vikki Orlando September 14, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Wow! Wish I could have seen this. This is one of the reasons I love living in Sierra Madre.
Joe Hovsepian September 14, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Very cool indeed! I love cat sightings as they are few and far in between. They're normally very stealthy and see you (stalk you) far more times then you see them. In all my years in being in the local mountains, I've only had 3 kitty sightings. When they come down into residential areas, it's a clear sign of them being extremely hungry and thus, desperate.
Jay Dee September 14, 2011 at 05:49 PM
It is funny how those that live in the lower sections of Sierra Madre are amazed when they see wildlife. For those of us closer to the mountains it is so common it is not worth mentioning. Bobcat, check. Had one in the backyard a month or so ago. Bear, check. Damm things dumped the trashcan AGAIN this morning at 3:35. Need to find yet another way to secure it. Mountain Lion, yup. See them more than I have seen Bobcats. Fact of the matter is there is no desperation in the hunting. They are patrolling their large territory looking for their primary food source which is deer. Desperate felines feed on easy pickings, that is us humans.
John Stephens September 14, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Send us photos if you can, Jay!
Bob McCoy September 15, 2011 at 03:39 AM
Wow! Feline desperation is rare as there are only 20 human fatalities from lions in the US and Canada in a 120 years. Family dogs are desperate, they dispatch 20 to 30 people each year. You know how to get along with wildlife, but it's a bum charge to say they feed on humans: hikers and hunters would disappear regularly. Be a force for good, help dispel myths about your neighbors. It seems that states are killing more and more lions just because someone saw them. I guess we hope the children in India will send us pennies to save the mountain lion. President Theodore Roosevelt, no stranger to hunting, wrote: “It is true, as I have said, that a cougar will follow a man; but then a weasel will sometimes do the same thing. Whatever the cougar's motive, it is certain that in the immense majority of cases there is not the slightest danger of his attacking the man he follows.” (BiblioBazaar (2009) The Roosevelt Book: Selections from the Writings of Theodore Roosevelt, p 183) A more scientific view states: “Low levels of confirmed interactions coupled with exceedingly low interaction rates calls into question the validity of management decisions based on interaction reports while suggesting the perceived level of risk from cougars in residential areas disproportionally exceeds actual risk.” (University of Washington (2010) Cougar Ecology, Behavior, and Interactions with People in a Wildland-Urban Environment in Western Washington, Brian N. Kertson, Abstract)
emily September 22, 2011 at 03:40 PM
We live at the top of Baldwin and have had a mama and baby bear in mine, and in our neighbors yards almost daily for over a week now. Some of our neighbors felt they would only come out when it was dark, but I had one run across my driveway while still light out. I did get a photo of one of them from my bedroom window, so I can send it out. Anyway, just wanted to everyone to be aware they are hanging around.
Malcolm October 03, 2011 at 04:29 PM
One of the things we love about Sierra Madre is the wild life. Recently we saw three Bobcats together making their way along the back wall heading East. Haven't seen a Bear for a while, but the neighbors across the street had one in their pool recently. I'm still waiting to see a lion. Calling for help is probably not a good idea if you don't want the animals killed.
Charles D October 06, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Sometimes I feel I'm the only person left who hasn't seen one of these magnificent creatures :)


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