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Mountain Lion Tracks Reported in Highland Area: Pets Attacked in November

Photo released by San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Jan. 13, 2014.
Photo released by San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Jan. 13, 2014.
Deputies in Highland say mountain lion tracks were spotted Jan. 10 to Jan. 12 near the City Creek wash, and they released a photo Monday to warn people, especially pet owners, to be aware of the animal.

A mountain lion was seen in the same area in late November, and it attacked "two small domestic animals," according to Sgt. Bill Freund of the Highland Station.

The Sheriff's Department statement is headlined "Mountain Lion Sighting" and refers to a "Large Adult Mountain Lion 140-160 Lbs."

The location area is described as the 6700 block of Grove between Nona Avenue and Pasito Street, near the City Creek wash that comes out of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Here's the Highland deputies' statement verbatim:

During the early morning hours of November 23, 2013, a large mountain lion was observed entering a residential backyard in the 6700 block of Grove Ave, in the City of Highland.

The mountain lion did attack two small domestic animals and became aggressive towards the home owner as deputies arrived. Deputies blocked the animal from escaping into the main residential area and the animal fled back into the wash area.

The animal was spotted traveling north back into the mountain area.

On January 10 - 12, 2014, new tracks were located in the backyard of the original residence. The tracks are consistent with that of a large mountain lion.

Residents who walk in the wash area and have small pets should remain vigilant of their surroundings and report any additional sightings to local law enforcement.

Fish and Game personnel were notified to respond to the area in an effort to  possibly track or capture the animal.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAP AND CATCH THIS ANIMAL ON YOUR OWN.

Immediately call 911 and give the last known location of the animal.

The Sheriff's Department statement is dated Monday Jan. 13, 2014.

To contact the Highland Station call (909) 425-9793.

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