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Lion sightings prompt vigilance

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 2:30 p.m. - An uptick in mountain lion sightings, accompanied by missing cat and dog reports, is prompting a call for caution across the county.

"Many house cats have already been reported as missing in El Portal," Yosemite National Park Ranger Caitlin Lee-Roney said in a Park Daily Report item this week.

Lions have been on the prowl elsewhere, too. On Thursday, July 3, a resident reported a mountain lion from 5th Street, near Mariposa's historic downtown. Several weeks ago, a Pegleg Road resident reported a small dog missing. She attributed its disappearance to a mountain lion, although no trace of the pooch was ever found.

Have you seen or photographed a mountain lion recently? GAZETTE Editor Erik Skindrud is seeking accounts from residents. Call 966-2500 or email Erik@mariposagazette.com. 

A Darrah Road resident photographed this mountain lion outside his bedroom window back in November of 2011. (Dean Bernacchi | CONTRIBUTED)A Darrah Road resident photographed this mountain lion outside his bedroom window back in November of 2011. (Dean Bernacchi | CONTRIBUTED)

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They are around. I have had

They are around. I have had 2 evening sightings on Lilley Mountain in YLP which is considerably lower. They roam over large areas.

While I am sure that mountain

While I am sure that mountain lions are responsible for a number of small animal disappearances, do not forget that we have other predators that are more prevalent in our area than the big cats. Hawks by day and owls by night are both capable of silently swooping down on an unsuspecting pet and carrying it off leaving, as the article says, no trace. Before you laugh at the thought of an owl snatching a small dog or cat, remember that a number of our local birds grow large enough to fly off with a 12-14 pound meal. As I write this, I hear the "SCREE" of a hawk high above my house. My cat is right next to me but if he were outside, I'd be out there in a New York minute.

Gorgeous animal, would sure

Gorgeous animal, would sure hate to have one introduce itself to our Chihuahua. Thanks for posting tthis!

That mountain lion photo on

That mountain lion photo on darrah looks photoshopped

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