Mountain lion spotted in Rancho Santa Fe

A mountain lion was sighted on Aug. 6 at 2:45 p.m. in the backyard of home in the 15300 block of El Camino Real in Rancho Santa Fe, RSF Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser said. The animal was not aggressive and was traveling north through the unfenced property. Fish and Game was notified, Wellhouser said.

The Ranch is home to many species of animals, including coyotes, bobcat and mountain lions. 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. 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, according to Wellhouser.

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 also had sightings, Wellhouser said. Mountain lions usually avoid humans; they are quiet, solitary and elusive. They can have a range of 200 miles.

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, Wellhouser said:

• San Diego County Wildlife Services 1-800-486-0010

• California Fish and Game- San Diego office 858-467-4201

www.keepmewild.org

www.co.san-diego.ca.us/awm/wildlife_services.html

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