A mountain lion was sighted on Nov. 3 at approximately 8:45 p.m., in the side yard of a residence located in the 4700 block of El Mirar in Rancho Santa Fe. The animal was not aggressive and was traveling north through the property towards El Mirar. The Department of Fish and Game and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department were notified (DFG reference number 212349338).
Rancho Santa Fe is home to many species of animals, including coyotes, bobcat and mountain lions, according to RSF Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser.
“These animals are native to the area and can be attracted around homes by leaving pet food out, the presence of small pets, etc. State Fish and Game warn people to not leave food or pets outside and keep a close eye on small children, especially during early morning or late afternoon times,” Wellhouser said. “In addition, do not jog, bike or hike alone; do not approach a coyote, bobcat, or mountain lion. Sometimes the attraction of smaller wild animals attracts the bigger animals as well.
“These animals are most active at dawn, dusk and at night. Often deer are attracted to the area because of food sources, same with opossums, raccoons, and other prey. These animals are often prey for larger animals.”
In the past, neighboring communities have had sightings as well. Mountain lions usually avoid humans; they are quiet, solitary and elusive. They can have a range of 200 miles.
Please take precautions to avoid coming in contact with these animals, Wellhouser said. Below are referral numbers you can call for more information. Refer to the websites below. If you see a mountain lion or experience an attack, contact the numbers below. Fish and game would like to know of sightings to track the activity.
• San Diego County Wildlife Services 1-800-486-0010
• California Fish and Game - San Diego office 858-467-4201
• Patrol Dispatch 858-756-4372
Rancho Santa Fe Patrol
PO Box A
16936 El Fuego
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067