The Rocklin Police Department is alerting people in some neighborhoods after receiving reports of three “big cat” or mountain lion sightings over the past two months.
The first sighting was reported Feb. 21 at about 4:26 p.m. on Morgan Court. A resident reported seeing a bobcat in his backyard and provided a photograph of a large cat resembling a mountain lion. The animal was gone before officers arrived at the scene. But authorities said the incident was a "credible sighting" of a mountain lion and reported it to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Another sighting was reported on April 4 at about 1:53 p.m. near Parker Whitney School. School officials placed the school on lockdown as police officers combed the area, searching for paw prints or scat. The responding officers, however, were unable to find any physical evidence of a mountain lion.
The last incident took place April 6 at 11:48 p.m. in the 5300 block of Humboldt Drive. A resident reported "a large cat or mountain lion," saying it could be responsible for killing a domesticated cat. Responding officers were again unable to find any sign of a mountain lion, but reported the incident to the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.
Statistically speaking, a person is one thousand times more likely to be struck by lightning than attacked by a mountain lion, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Out of the hundreds of sightings reported annually in the state, fewer than three precent were considered to be public safety threats.
The Rocklin Police Department released the following tips for residents.
- Be vigilant and maintain an awareness of your surroundings
- Keep an eye on children and small animals, particularly in wooded areas and at dusk or nighttime
In an event of a mountain lion encounter:
- Make yourself appear as large as possible. Do not crouch down or bend over
- Never turn your back or run from a mountain lion
- Slowly create distance and give the animal a chance to escape
- Protect your pets and keep them inside if possible
- Call the police department and report all sightings
|Date||Type||Attack Location||County||Victim Sex||Age|
|March 1986||Nonfatal||Caspers Wilderness Park||Orange||Female||5 yrs|
|Oct. 1986||Nonfatal||Caspers Wilderness Park||Orange||Male||6 yrs|
|March 1992||Nonfatal||Gaviota State Park||Santa Barbara||Male||9 yrs|
|Sept. 1993||Nonfatal||Cuyamaca State Park||San Diego||Female||10 yrs|
|April 1994||Fatal||Auburn state Recreation Area||El Dorado||Female||40 yrs|
|Aug. 1994||Nonfatal||Mendocino County (remote)||Mendocino||Male||50 yrs|
|Aug. 1994||Nonfatal||Mendocino Coutny (remote)||Mendocino||Female||50 yrs|
|Dec. 1994||Fatal||Cuyamaca State Park||San Diego||Female||56 yrs|
|March 1995||Nonfatal||Mt. Lowe (San Gabriel Mtns)||Los Angeles||Male||27 yrs|
|Jan. 2004||Fatal||Whiting Ranch Regional Park||Orange||Male||35 yrs|
|Jan. 2004||Nonfatal||Whiting Ranch Regional Park||Orange||Female||30 yrs|
|Jan. 2004||Nonfatal||Sequioa National Forest||Tulare||Female||28 yrs|
|Jan. 2007||Nonfatal||Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park||Humboldt||Male||70 yrs|
|Jan. 2012||Nonfatal||Confluence of Shady Creek and Yuba River||Nevada||Male||63 yrs|