A mountain lion was seen Aug. 26 at 6:50 a.m. in the backyard of a home in the 15300 block of El Camino Real in Rancho Santa Fe, according to RSF Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser. The animal was not aggressive and was traveling east through the property towards the La Madreselva area. Fish and Game was notified.
A previous sighting was reported on El Acebo Del Norte in Rancho Santa Fe, Wellhouser said. A homeowner came to the Patrol office to report that he saw a large mountain lion in his backyard at approximately 6 p.m. on Aug. 20 when his dog started barking excitedly, Wellhouser said. The cat walked slowly through the yard until it saw the homeowner and started toward him slowly. The homeowner stayed in his home and the cat walked away growling. The California Dept. of Fish and Game was notified and is investigating the incident.
If you see an animal that looks like a mountain lion, notify Fish and Game right away (see below for more information), Wellhouser advised. If the animal is threatening, call 911.
San Diego County Wildlife Services 1-800-486-0010
California Fish and Game- San Diego office 858-467-4201