SACRAMENTO - Rocklin police say their department has received three reports of possible mountain lion sightings since February.
On Feb. 21, a resident on Morgan Court contacted police at 4:26 p.m. about a 'bobcat' in his backyard, Corp. Joyce Metzger said. The animal was gone when officers arrived but based on a photograph the resident took of the cat, Metzer said they believe the sighting was credible.
On April 4, just before 2 p.m. Police were dispatched to Parker Whitney School on Topaz Avenue about a possible mountain lion seen in the area. The school was placed on lockdown and officers searched the area but found no evidence of a mountain lion, Metzger said.
Then Sunday, April 6 at 10:48 p.m., the police department was contacted by a resident on the 5300 block of Humboldt Drive about 'a large cat or mountain lion' that may have killed a house cat, Metzger said. Officers did not find any sign of a mountain lion.
Metzger said the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) was made aware of each report.
According to CDFW, the sighting of a mountain lion is not considered a public safety concern as long as the lion is being aggressive toward people.
Still, Rocklin police say it is wise to follow these guidelines:
- 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.
And should you see a mountain lion:
- 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 Rocklin Police Department and report all sightings