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Reported Mountain Lion Sighting In Sonora

Sonora, CA– Sonora Police received a report of a possible mountain lion sighting in Sonora this morning.

The mountain lion was spotted at around 8:00 am in the field behind the Tuolumne County Senior Center on 540 Greenley Road. Because the possible sighting was in close proximity to Sonora Elementary School, the school was informed and advised to take precautionary measures. According to Police Chief Mark Stinson, it is believed to be the same lion that appears in the area each year at this time. The lion normally lingers for two to three weeks before moving on to a new location.

The Sonora Police Department would like to remind residents, especially with Halloween this Sunday, to keep a close eye on their children when trick-or-treating this year.  It is recommended that small children not be left unattended. You should also bring small pets in at night, as they sometimes fall victim to lions.

Lions sometimes become aggressive towards humans, but there have been no reports of this particular animal showing signs of aggression, nor has the Police Department received any reports of it killing any animals within the city limits.

Mountain lions are frequently observed in the Sonora area. If you should see a mountain lion, please contact local law enforcement authorities or the Department of Fish and Game immediately.

Written by tina.falco@mlode.com