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UPDATE: Authorities Say 3 Bobcats Roam La Crescenta

People are urged to stay inside while authorities attempt to push three bobcats out of an area back yard.

UPDATE: Three bobcats are roaming La Crescenta while authorities aim to push them out, according to Sheriff's Sgt. Gary Ogurek of the Crescenta Valley Station. 

"We understand it’s been three," Ogurek said. "They were on Pineridge, in the backyard of a resident’s home. It’s the area of La Crescenta where it says the sign 'Warning mountain lions have been seen in the area.'"

"The [bobcats] have been up there since the people have been up there..., Ogurek said. "Just keep pets inside and don’t let children go outside. You just have to be cautious. They are a predator."

7:13 p.m. Tuesday: Officials are using a helicopter to scare away bobcats wandering a La Crescenta neighborhood, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 

The call came in about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday near Pineridge Drive and Rosemont Avenue, said Deputy Rachel Whittendurg of the Crescenta Valley Station. 

Check back with Patch for more information. 

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chuck weiss October 03, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Thank you for the information Nicole! I heard the helicopters from where we live here on Shields, but I couldn't make out what the announcements were.
Krae911 October 03, 2012 at 03:28 AM
My mom just called me & asked if I saw/heard helicopters...I said, "Yes, off in the distance." I live by Duke Park. "WELL", she tells me, "I just went out back to put my feet in the pool to cool off and the ENTIRE shallow end of the pool deck is wet! I think there might have been an animal in my pool." She lives on Irving (past the top of Briggs, just West of Canyonside). I urged her to call PD, but according to her, the helicopters are no longer overhead & there are no officers out in her neighborhood.
Rita Z. October 03, 2012 at 03:38 AM
These poor animals (and the bears,too). This weather, lack of water and lack of brush from the Station Fire have left these unfortunate creatures parched, starving and desperate.
nikiz October 03, 2012 at 04:07 AM
I heard the helicopters and was trying to make out what they were saying. I just heard to get inside. I wish there was a better way for the city to contact the residents near the incident so we know what is going on.
Nicole Charky (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 06:26 AM
@Chuck - Thank you for the news tip! For the record, Chuck let me know about what happened! Did you hear helicopters come back at anytime Tuesday night? Let me know! Thank you again for your help.
Nicole Charky (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 06:27 AM
@Krae911 - Definitely let your mom know to call the CV Sheriff's Station. At least they can track the animals that way. We'll see if the animals show up again. Thanks for reading Patch.
Nicole Charky (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 06:28 AM
@Nikiz - Sometimes Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will activate a reverse 911 call. You can also always email me at nicole.charky@patch.com if you have a breaking news tip.
Nicole October 03, 2012 at 01:27 PM
@nikiz- The reverse 911 calls only work on land lines in the notification area. They do not work on cell phones. We got a reverse 911 call when the last bear was roaming around La Crescenta. We brought the kids in from playing outside, thank goodness, because the bear was right in front of our house at one point. So, the calls are a good tool, and they work, but you must have a land line.
The Dragon's Den October 03, 2012 at 02:33 PM
@Nicole During the station fire there was a site to register your cell phone for the reverse call. I wonder if they will use the same system for future emergencies.
Lisa October 03, 2012 at 03:59 PM
That is a picture of a mountain lion not a bobcat.
Lisa October 03, 2012 at 04:03 PM
There is a big difference in size between a mountain lion and a bobcat. Bobcats are rarely bigger than 30 pounds. A young mountain lion can easily way more than that.
Lisa October 03, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Nicole: Can you please clarify whether the sightings were for mountain lions or bobcats?
Lisa October 03, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Hey, now that's a pic of a bobcat.
rf October 03, 2012 at 04:32 PM
reverse 911 works on my cell phone
rf October 03, 2012 at 04:34 PM
reverse 911 works on my land lien and my cell phone....
Nicole October 03, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Hmmm, I wonder. A lot of people I know don't have land lines any more, only cell phones.They should still be able to get those notifications. Do you know what the website was?
rf October 03, 2012 at 04:54 PM
http://portal.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/alertla website to register phones including cell phones
James M October 03, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Are we supposed to call the sheriffs department, when we see a bob cat? I had one in my back yard last week. I did not think that animal control would do anything about it.
Evelyn McCall October 03, 2012 at 09:07 PM
We had a bobcat on out street for a while, on Henrietta by Two Strike Park.
Nicole Charky (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 02:15 AM
@Lisa - Thanks! We had to replace the mountain lion photo once we had confirmation that they were bobcats. The night they were out sheriff's deputies thought they were bobcats at first.
Pax October 10, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Somewhere I've got an old-timey photo of my grandfather on the porch of his home on a ranch in AZ, with a bobcat that he'd domesticated. I've also met a stranger in Griffith Park who also had a domesticated bobcat with him (some time ago...). Pax. Big cats are beautiful, but dangerous... ====
Pax October 10, 2012 at 05:17 AM
More to the point, there's a Mountain Lion with a GPS collar in Griffith Park right now; he apparently came from a family of Mountain Lions in the Malibu area. (How did he make the transit?) I also understand that there's been M. Lions in the Verdugos (Descanso gardens) in recent years. My son reported about 10 years ago that he'd seen a young M. Lion in my neighborhood (Shadow Hills) in the early morning.
Melody Comfort October 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Are you connected to Nixle? The sheriffs have in-time communication with residents, according to Altadena Sheriff Captain John Benedict on 10-16-12. You can receive alerts and info. on your computer, or mobile alerts on your phone.

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