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Bobcat Spotted Prowling Apple Valley

June 25, 2008

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela, Daily Press, Victorville, Calif.

Jun. 25–APPLE VALLEY — A bobcat was spotted touring a neighborhood Monday morning, according to Kathie Martin spokeswoman for the town of Apple Valley.

At about 9:30 a.m., a person reported they saw what they believed was a mountain lion in a neighbor’s yard located near Shasta and Symeron roads, Martin said.

While animal control officials did find tracks, they were not able to locate the animal, according to officials.

“After Animal Control spoke to the person, they concluded that it was in fact a bobcat and not a mountain lion,” Martin said.

While this was a bobcat, some residents have seen mountain lions in their neighborhoods.

“There were two mountain lion sightings last year,” said Kevin Chauhan, who lives in the Ridgeview Estates. Some in the gated community have even said there is a family of mountain lions who like to come down into the area, according to Chauhan.

Animal Control and Fish and Game have been out to the area and were not able to locate the animal, but town officials are aware that there may be a big cat in that area, Martin said.

“There has also been information that a mountain lion lives up on Bass Hill,” said Martin.

Bobcats normally stay away from developed areas, but they do live in the High Desert. Like any other wild animal, however, they can be aggressive if they feel threatened or trapped. Bear in mind that bobcats are hunters and will take pet birds — even from cages on back porches — as well as small dogs and cats.

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