Mountain lion seen roaming through Glendale neighborhood

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Wildlife experts say mountain lions are elusive and avoid people. Still, they urge residents against leaving small pets or children outside unattended.

Wildlife experts say mountain lions are elusive and avoid people. Still, they urge residents against leaving small pets or children outside unattended.

A mountain lion was spotted strolling near a northwest hillside neighborhood in Glendale.

A resident saw the animal about 11 p.m. Thursday moving north on Larco Way, where it briefly stopped to stare at him and then meandered away, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz told Times Community News.

Animal control officers with the Pasadena Humane Society, which serves Glendale, were notified of the sighting and will be distributing fliers in the neighborhood, advising residents what to do if they see a mountain lion, spokeswoman Ricky Whitman said.

A deer — a food source for mountain lions — also was spotted this week in a neighborhood near Larco Way.

With hundreds of trick-or-treaters expected to go door to door Thursday asking for Halloween candy, police remind residents to carry flashlights and travel in groups.

In June, city officials developed the Wildlife Animal Viewer for residents to report wildlife sightings online. The animal viewer is a map linked on the city’s website that enables residents to check out sightings of bobcats, bears, coyotes, deer and mountain lions logged in their neighborhoods.

A month after city officials created the map, a custodian at Monte Vista Elementary spotted a mountain lion in the school’s parking lot just before it jumped over a fence and into a neighboring property.

Wildlife experts say mountain lions are elusive and avoid people. Still, they urge residents against leaving small pets or children outside unattended.

Courtesy of Los Angeles Times

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