Forget about coyotes. Some residents in northeast Silver Lake report seeing a different kind of wildlife roaming the streets: a mountain lion cub.
A notice on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council website says a cub was spotted twice over the weekend, including once on a roof top. Here are the details:
A member of the Northeast Silver Lake Neighborhood Watch has reported that a mountain lion cub was seen Saturday night, June 1, at 7:20 PM on the hillside above Glendale Bl. and Bancroft St., and that tonight — Sunday, June 2 — at 7:20 two people saw it on a neighbor’s roof, on the 2300 block of Teviot St. One person “had a very good look at it. It was the size of about 3x of a normal cat and had a very long tail. We alerted the neighbors to take their animals in. 911 was called and at 8:45 the police was here to take down info. They said Animal Control Officers would be called and if anyone would see the animal, 911 was to be called immediately.”
An officer with the Northeast Division this morning said he could not confirm whether officers were sent out or not to check out the mountain lion report. Brenda Barnette, General Manager of the city’s Animal Services department, said one call was received about a mountain lion sighting in the area. “However, it was an hour after the siting and the cat was not longer visible so we did not dispatch an officer,” she said.
Meanwhile, Silver Lake blogger Diane Edwardson, who has written extensively about neighborhood wildlife, said she has her doubts about this lion cub sighting.
“It seems like every few years there are a few mountain lion sightings in that neighborhood,” Edwardson said via email. “There is not large enough prey to support mountain lions – they eat deer. There would be a lot more missing big dogs. I think either someone has a pet mountain lion that escapes from time to time or it’s a bobcat.”
* This post has been updated with additional details from Brenda Barnette of the Animal Services department.