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CDFW: No Mountain Lion Attack at Bogart Park

Rumors have been circulating this week about an attack on a woman in Cherry Valley's Bogart Park. Officials say those rumors are false.

Inside Bogart Park.  Banning-Beaumont Patch file photo by DeeAnn Bradley.
Inside Bogart Park. Banning-Beaumont Patch file photo by DeeAnn Bradley.
You may have come across some social media postings this week about an attack by a mountain lion at Bogart Park in Cherry Valley.

These reports seem to indicate that a woman was horseback riding in Cherry Valley on Monday in the park, when she was attacked by a mountain lion after falling off her horse.

Banning-Beaumont Patch reached out to local officials to see if these reports are true, but found no evidence as such.

According to officials at the Riverside County Regional Park & Open Space District, no one reported an attack.  Beaumont Police also checked their records, and had no record of any call to assist in the area.

"Parks has not received any reports about an incident like this in that area," County Spokesman Raymond Smith told Banning-Beaumont Patch via email Thursday evening.

Lt. Patrick Foy with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) said the rumors are definitely false.

"I can absolutely assure you that if there was a Mountain Lion attack on Monday, I would be well aware of it," he told Patch by phone Friday.

What's more, he said, that agency would investigate any sort of wildlife attack on a human, even if it wasn't a mountain lion.

"Go ahead and put the rumors to rest," he added. "It's not true."

As for another recently reported attack in Perris, Foy said the CDFW is still looking for the animal.

"We think it was a mountain lion attack," Foy told Patch, even though they haven't seen it, adding that "all the evidence" indicated the animal was a mountain lion.

Foy said the homeless man who was attacked is still hospitalized.

"He barely made it," Foy said.  "The doctor hasn't even allowed us to interview him because of his medical condition."

Jeremiah February 15, 2014 at 05:26 PM
I defended no one and said nothing about what she saw or didn't see. My point was that people who attack others like this without knowing the situation are trash themselves. You fit the definition of troll as discovered in scientific research. I posted a link to that research so you and others know I am not making an unjustified call. It isn't this one time, this is your habit and way of being. Low class. **** Jeremiah
Jeremiah February 15, 2014 at 05:37 PM
Someone on here started out pointing fingers and calling names without fully reading the article and making assumptions. I believe the woman saw what she saw - was it a mountain lion? I don't know, I didn't see it and neither did anyone else. I just wanted to say that I grew up in the National Forest and I know that mountain lions exist in the forests in this area, and the possibility is there. It is possible that there was a lion and it spooked the horse, causing it to throw her and cause her to believe she was being attacked. For officials to try to say there are none is just wrong and puts the public in danger. When out in forested area you always have to be aware that there could be. **** Most will not attack a medium-to-large human being - but it has been known to happen. Any predator will attack if it is starving. Rather than calling the report baseless (which it may be) the proper course would have been to remind people that such things can happen and raise awareness. **** Jeremiah
concerned citizen February 15, 2014 at 05:38 PM
I cant believe that in this day and age, that someone can be as dumb as you. Idiot--I do know the situation . Everyone knows that you always defend the criminal. You are doing it right now. Do you know how to read? I suggest that you read the article again. I personally know about this whole situation. You don't. I suggest that you look up the definition of criminal, because that is you. And mr.stupid--she said that she was attacked by a lion. She did not say she seen one. And since you do not know the difference, there is no hope for you. You could not get any more stupid if you tried. So, please, stop trying. You've reached your goal.
Jeremiah February 15, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Save your breath and your fingers, cc. **** Jeremiah
rubberband February 15, 2014 at 05:59 PM
My posts were a public service announcement of sorts...It appeared from the article perhaps there was some confusion...A mountain lion is very pointy and springy...They are a super-sized, tan, really feisty house cat that can kill you. The ground? Now the ground CAN be dangerous, depending on what height you fall from...however, the earth and surrounding shrubs/flora look or act nothing like mountain lions...It just seemed a good time for a educational moment. Myself? I prefer the company of lions and bears.
concerned citizen February 15, 2014 at 06:23 PM
The fact remains that she put it on Facebook and on YouTube. She did not notify any authorities. She didn't even notify any park employees. Where is the doctor report? She just wanted sick attention
Jeremiah February 15, 2014 at 06:26 PM
Same as you - who cares? **** Jeremiah
rubberband February 15, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Perfect ambush predator...Can leap vertically 18 feet, sometimes with it's kill in it's jaws, can leap horizontally 20 to 40 feet....Weighs anywhere from 130 to 150 pounds (approx) can see excellently in the dark, has tremendous sense of hearing and smell, great climber and swims as well. Mountain lion can kick your a$$ without even trying. If you live where they are, know this...keep your pets indoors because they are VERY easy prey ...Not trying to be harsh but your pets are like mountain lion appetizers...(Love these big cats...respect.) ....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iH1lFNSUOA
Jeanna Marie Harris February 16, 2014 at 03:29 AM
This is a false story. There was no mountain lion or horse involved. I know one of the parties that was involved. I will not say names nor what happened not my business but I do not want people to be scared of an attacking mountain lion that does not exist as of now. Please lay this to rest and keep having fun riding :-)
Washy February 16, 2014 at 08:09 AM
HAHAHA this is the same kind of hysterical person like Jessica and her "A BUS RAN A RED LIGHT" then she gets called out on not even notifying the person she claimed. This is what happens when idiots find the internet
ATC February 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM
PrescientLogic, just to let you know, there are in fact mountain lions in this area, though they usually tend to stay away from inhabited areas. I have seen them a few times over the years growing up in upper Cherry Valley (Oak Glen Rd). Mostly coyotes and the occasional Bobcat (and of course rattlesnakes everywhere), but Cougars once in awhile as well. Just 2 years ago, during the heat of the summer, my dad (who still lives there) was awakened in the middle of the night when his dog (inside) wouldn't stop barking. Having horses, he went out to investigate and saw a large mountain lion less than 50 feet from his back door. It was drinking water and lying in a puddle caused by a leaking faucet, likely to beat the summer heat. He threw a rock and yelled, but the big cat paid little attention. After a few minutes, it got up, looked directly at him, and then left, leisurely heading back into the canyon. ***** This is on Oak Glen Rd, near Wildwood Cyn. Just about 1 mile west/northwest of Bogart Park, well within your 20 mile radius.
PrescientLogic February 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM
ATC that is the area I would expect them. Yet it's still a far reality from every night 365 days a year, hearing a Cougars growl or roar. That's what I'm really trying to get across. In Africa, they don't call the Lion the king of beasts for nothing! Could you imagine that roar with nothing between it except nature and Yourself!
concerned citizen February 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Jeanna--thanks for posting Washy, so true.
concerned citizen February 16, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Jeremiah, please, choke on your words.
Jeremiah February 16, 2014 at 11:52 AM
I still think there was one and that it spooked the horse, which threw her. I don't believe there was any attack - I believe that she may have seen it and thought it was attacking them (she and the horse) when it probably was minding it's own business. The real point isn't whether she did or not - the real point is that they do live in the forests and wildlands of this area and anyone going in those areas should be aware of that. Trying to convince people that there are none so they will feel safe is just setting them up, besides being just plain ignorant if they truly believe there are none. **** You described just exactly how mountain lions act, ATC - that looking right at you, or stare, is characteristic before they amble on. **** There was a mountain lion den in a cave on the 80 acres I grew up on withing the SB national forest, but we never had an issue with it or them. But we did stay aware and make sure animals were put away at night and kids stayed within sight and no where near the den. They are to be respected, but are nothing to fear if you are aware and don't place yourself in compromising situations. **** For those who are fearful - take a road flare with you when hiking. There is no animal alive who will face that down, plus it gives you the ability to signal or light a fire if you stupidly become lost. They even light in the rain. **** Jeremiah
concerned citizen February 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Give it up, no one cares what you think or believe. Can you not read? There was no lion involved period! There are lions in the mountains but there was NO lion this time. And that is the real point.
PrescientLogic February 16, 2014 at 12:12 PM
A marine distress flare more like it I think, eh Jeremiah? Quicker on the draw you know!
Jeremiah February 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM
And just how do you know that, cc? Because you didn't see it? Go troll somewhere else. **** http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2559860/Online-trolls-really-ARE-horrible-people-researchers-Narcissistic-Machiavellian-psychopathic-sadistic.html **** Jeremiah
Jeremiah February 16, 2014 at 12:18 PM
PrescientLogic - good point! **** Jeremiah
concerned citizen February 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Well I can't argue with stupid any longer. I'm going to the park and fight off all of the mountain lions.
Jeremiah February 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM
You're showing your ignorance right along with your idiocy, now. You haven't read a single thing written by people who have experience and knowledge - you just come on trying to run people down and start arguments. The definition of troll which I linked to in my last response to you. Have a good day at the park! **** Jeremiah
concerned citizen February 16, 2014 at 01:24 PM
ATC- I said that there are lions in there. I have seen them at the park in the past. I am saying that there were no lions involved in this bogus story.
concerned citizen February 16, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Jeremiah-- you should really stop knocking yourself. You really like that word "troll" don't you? All of us at the park are really getting a kick out of you. You are the bu@t of all of the jokes!
ATC February 16, 2014 at 01:28 PM
CC, wake up. We are not arguing whether or not there was a mountain lion in this case, but for you to suggest that they don't exist in this area, but only in the mountains, is the ultimate in stupidity. My dad's place is just up the road a couple of miles from Beaumont High School, not even to Wildwood Canyon. That's certainly not in the "mountains". And there was even a sighting just recently at a park in the development south of Walmart, reported right here on the Patch. With the lake providing water, which is currently rare in the canyons due to the drought, it is not out of the question that they could come down into the park. That's the real "CC" (Common Sense).
ATC February 16, 2014 at 01:35 PM
No, CC, you didn't say there were lions there. You said that there were lions in the mountains. There ARE lions in this area (Bogart Park), which is even lower than the mountains, although none of US know whether there was one in this case, including you since you weren't there. Since you NOW admit that there are lions there, maybe there WAS one in this case. Three point is that YOU don't know.
concerned citizen February 16, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Bogart Part is considered the mountains. Even the woman's friend said the story is false. Again, she didn't say she seen a lion, she said the lion attacked her. Guessing that you didn't go to school either. Either way, the lying woman got what she wanted, attention, and all of us gave it to her.
rubberband February 16, 2014 at 02:27 PM
Went to sleep and this thread got weirdly long.... the useful thing to take away from this story (or lack of story?) -----There are, in fact, mountain lions in "thar there hills and surrounding areas"........Mountain Lion= naturally bitey, big pointy, scary fast uber super cool sorta sexy bringer-of-death-or-at-least-massive-injuries ridiculously high jumper/leaper cat-from-hell apex predator... Humans: sorta spongey/squishy not good runners/jumpers/climbers, have no pointy teeth or claws and unless they have weapons (boom-boom thunder sticks they call "guns") they aren't too much of a fight usually, and most of them taste crappy due to poor diet/habits...Not that fun to chase/catch (not much sport in it, too easy...plus they scream a lot.) I give this woman no real attention, but learned A LOT more about mountain lions and how bad a$$ they are.....and that one could kill me so easily, so instantly, that maybe my proper way to view them is with respect, awe, and knowledge of what to do if I should encounter one....scream like a 8 year old girl at a slumber party, pee myself, and hope it finds me not worth it and saunters away.
rubberband February 16, 2014 at 02:30 PM
ATC is correct, and our local areas where we have lions are trying to provide water sources closer to where they live...not into populated areas....their usual watering spots were depleted due to drought....This keeps lions hydrated and people less likely to encounter them. (STILL pro-lion....) meow.
beaumontdave February 16, 2014 at 02:30 PM
Attention to the fact that cougars live around here is a good thing, the reminder to people hiking or riding on what to do and not do if they cross paths with one, rare as that may be. RB's statistics are what stick in my mind, an 18' vertical and 40' broad jump! A grown cougar can jump the average house in two easy hops, maybe one big leap, awesome!
Jeremiah February 16, 2014 at 02:32 PM
LOL!!! :-) No one does it like Rb!!! ****Jeremiah


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