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.”