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Mountain Lion Seen at Monte Vista Elementary

The animal is reportedly spotted in the parking lot by a custodian.

File photo
File photo

Sheriff's officials reported that a mountain lion was seen at Monte Vista Elementary School in La Crescenta Wednesday morning around 6:22 a.m., but hasn’t been seen since, according to the Glendale News-Press.

The animal was spotted in the parking lot by a custodian, but responding officers were unable to locate it, according to the report.  


Concerned_Mother August 15, 2013 at 12:52 AM
This mountain lion is a danger to the community and I wont be able to rest until it DEAD!!! We need to organize a coalititon of gun owners to find it and kill it.
MtnManMike August 15, 2013 at 09:50 AM
Don't be ridiculous. You would be surprised at the number of wild animals lurking in your neighborhood after dark. If you don't like it, move away from their habitat. I would choose the preditors in La Crescenta over the ones in town any day.
The Dragon's Den August 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Killing of the animal is unnecessary when it is possible to relocate it as a first choice. I am sure law enforcement including forest rangers are on top of this as a high priority as they have been in the past for other mount lions and bears and will tranquilize and relocate first if possible. While it is very concerning this big cat is roaming around our neighborhoods and schools, remember we are in their territory (nature, forest) and should learn and teach our children nature safety; there will always be the threat of more wildlife roaming around. There are many nature safety tips, I think it would be good for Patch to post some of them. Some quick tips to share: Never let your children walk alone and when walking stay close (within 4 feet) and never take your eyes off of your little ones. Big cats want the easiest way to a meal, they will pick off little and immature or weak prey and without threat to them. Walking with someone bigger will help keep them at bay. Another tip is to be noisy, whistle a song, carry on a conversation ect. Just like house cats, they do not like loud noises. As said by a pirate in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride, "Look Alive!"
C.B. August 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM
We moved in to their home. Just be smart about living here. Of course if it attacks you, defend yourself. Hopefully it went back up to the mountains or it can be relocated. You don't like the wildlife, move to downtown LA.
Concerned_Mother August 16, 2013 at 02:48 PM
I have lived in La Crescenta my whole life! Way longer than this mountain lion has been around. Mountain lions dont live more then 15 years and I am 45.
The Dragon's Den August 16, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Do you think this is the first one around? We live in their area, and the more development done in their territory and land burned by fires it is only natural to expect more walking the streets in search of food for their survival. My wife has lived here her whole life (30+ years) also and has heard of them being seen many times before this one, which is why there are signs up around La Crescenta warning of them. Now, their land and food source have been taken from them; they are walking down from the scorched land in search of food. It would be unfair to kill them also. I suggest they be relocated where there is land and food away from people.
MtnManMike August 16, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Look at when the last mountain lion attack on a person occurred in LA County...You face a far greater chance of being attacked by a "concerned mother" than a mountain lion...
DeValCo August 17, 2013 at 04:34 AM
"We need to organize a coalititon of gun owners to find it and kill it." What, are we back in the medieval times sharpening our pitchforks and burning torches? We are fortunate enough to live as close to nature as well as downtown L.A. We need to find effective solutions of relocation and redevelopment since, after all, we all have moved and developed neighborhoods causing a shift in wildlife territory. Certainly we should be aware but not cause paranoia and silly fear. Most mountain lion sightings have only been bobcats.
Cyndi August 17, 2013 at 01:25 PM
The "concerned mother" should move to downtown LA where she will be safe :)
C.B. August 18, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Everyone needs to ignore Concerned_Mother. If you check her posts, she is just a Message Board Troll. She has nothing better to do than to purposely provoke people into flaming discussion. She should be banned. I have a feeling her screen name is missing a word after the Mother.
Concerned_Mother August 19, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Unbeleivable...I don't want DEADLY MOUNTAIN LION roaming the streets where my children play and someone calls me a troll. Well then you CB are an OGRE!
Tim Gardner August 19, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I am 46, I grew up on Rockdell, went to Monte Vista etc... I have hiked these mountains my entire life. Mountain lions, bobcats and bears have ALWAYS been present, especially in the hills north of La Crescenta. Dogs and kids at school are a far bigger threat than a mountain lion.
K James August 20, 2013 at 01:26 AM
I too am a mother and I have been in this area for over 40 years and my parents have been here for 50. My in-laws live in the very top of Pinecrest.......where there are signs all over the place warning of mountain lions in the area. As a child, I was once cornered by a coyote that was either starving and/or sick....something wrong enough for it to risk taking on a child that was taller than it was. My friends and family have lost cats and small dogs to the coyotes. Friends have had their pets sprayed by skunks. We have had our trash raided by opossums and raccoons. Look, it is very simple.....we live in the mountains! No Starbucks, Walgreens, Office Depot, etc. will change that. Don't like that, move to an urban area.
Tim Gardner August 20, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Domestic animals are far more dangerous than any wild animal
Shannon Fallis-Kane August 21, 2013 at 04:21 PM
I have lived in Montrose for 58 years and have seen many wild animals roaming the streets after we have had fires in the mountains. I am a mother also, I taught my child to live with nature and respect it. We moved into the animals land so we need to learn how to live with them. If you are concerned about the wild animals then keep a close watch on your kids and pets! Teach them about nature and how to live with the wild animals. Killing is the last resort!! If you are so afraid of wild animals then you shouldn't live in Montrose, La Crescenta area. Go down to Glendale away from the mountains. People scare me more than the mountain lions, bears and other wild animals. The animals only look for food and shelter, people look to hurt others for no reason.

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