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Mountain lion spotted near Mohr Elementary School

Police respond but aren't able to find big cat

A resident reported seeing a mountain lion at lunchtime Tuesday behind Mohr Elementary School, according to Pleasanton police.

The sighting occurred at 12:22 p.m. near the school, which is located on Dennis Drive, near a vacant lot at Martin Avenue. Police attempted to search for the feline, but to no avail.

This is the fourth time a mountain lion has been seen in the Mohr-Martin neighborhood in the past two months, but there have been no attacks reported, according to police. A mountain lion was spotted in the same vacant lot April 27, making it the third sighting in recent weeks. On April 14, a woman jogging on a dirt path near Martin Avenue reported seeing a mountain lion lying in tall grass at about 6:30 a.m. The animal showed no signs of aggression and the woman walked away slowly, police said.

Pleasanton police are warning residents to avoid hiking or jogging alone in rural areas, especially during times mountain lions are known to be most active: at dusk, at night and early in the morning.

Children should be closely monitored at all times in rural areas, police said. If a resident sees a mountain lion, they should stay still, face the animal and stand upright. Police recommend that you try to appear as large as possible, make noise and throw rocks or sticks to scare the animal off.

Anyone who spots a mountain lion should immediately call police at 931-5100.

Comments

Posted by My Neighborhood, a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm

"especially during times mountain lions are known to be most active: at dusk, at night and early in the morning."

12:22 p.m. is in broad daylight. Is this cat's clock out of whack?


Posted by Just curious, a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 3, 2009 at 2:55 pm

What was the mountain lion's position on Measure G?! That seems to be the only way to get a response around here...


Posted by AVHS Dad, a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Jun 3, 2009 at 4:56 pm

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

Measure G is dead. The mountain lion is still alive. That about covers it.


Posted by Wendy, a resident of another community
on Jun 4, 2009 at 4:58 am

Oh here we go again with the mountain lion......


Posted by Concerned Parent, a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 4, 2009 at 9:15 am

To Wendy,

You would not be so casual about the mountain lion if it was:

1. in your neighborhood
2. your son walked to school along Martin (and now can't)
3. you walked your dog along the beautiful Martin path


Posted by haha, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2009 at 9:50 am

Love the drama in that part of town...from tire slashing to road extension...and now mountain lion is keeping you people from walking (trespassing if you ask the mountain lion) into the mountain lion's HOME! And it's the mountain lion's fault...


Posted by AVHS Dad, a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Jun 4, 2009 at 11:29 am

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

Yeah, it's a thrill a minute out here. I still walk my dog every night. I've seen plenty of critters (deer, skunk, fox, raccoon), but haven't seen a mountain lion yet.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 4, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Qwerty is at it again...playing mountain lion!


Posted by Pete, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 4, 2009 at 7:56 pm

What if anything are the police or the city doing about this? Seems to me if true it is a far bigger problem than anything else going on in the city.


Posted by Lee, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2009 at 11:27 am

We have had mountain lions in town before, and in Livermore also. They usually don't bother anyone. People get nervous about them around a school, that's understandable. Why don't the police get someone from the Fish and Game or Wildlife group to tranquilize it and take it back over the hill to the Bernal Wilderness Park? It hasn't threatened anyone that I know of, but this way people could calm down and the animal is not shot unnecessarily.

Unless it threatens people, it does not need to be shot!


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