Mountain Lion Spotted

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By Henry F.

Around 6:30 p.m. Monday I spotted a mountain lion on Las Alturas in the 1000 block.

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woodruff Nov 22, 2017 02:48 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted

Young mountain lions do have spotted coats for a while (they gradually fade). Here is a picture of a young lion: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/young-mountain-lion-royalty-free-image/92106693?esource=SEO_GIS_CDN_Redirect Note that the lion cub has a dark nose and muzzle with white horizontal mustache stripes, while your cat has a pale nose and a light muzzle with dark horizontal mustache stripes. Also, your cat has something pretty distinct: The sharply-drawn white 'eyeliner' around the eye, especially on the lower lid. Mountain lions don't have that: http://media.mlive.com/outdoors_impact/photo/is-it-a-mountain-lion-or-a-bobcatjpg-11fdbd84124a4826.jpg Also, there are cheek tufts on the bobcat: http://www.feltonphoto.com/siteimages/Grandma%20cat%20feltonphotoB.jpg

woodruff Nov 22, 2017 12:11 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted

MTNDRIVER is right. The bobcat and lion are nothing alike. Wikipedia says that in general, bobcats weigh between 33 and 40 pounds. They stand about 12 to 24 inches high at the shoulders. Their coats are spotty, and they have short tails. By contrast, mountain lions are between 25 and 36 inches high at the shoulder, and weigh between 93 and 137 pounds. They are *much bigger* than bobcats. In addition, mountain lions have a nice, even tannish coat, with creamy throats and bellies, and a very long tail. Here are comparison photos: http://www.sleepymax.com/images/misc/coug/cougar_vs_bobcat.jpg

mtndriver Nov 22, 2017 05:17 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted

I think your cat is definitely a bobcat, crackpot. The shape of the ears, the striped tail, also shape of the head. Mtn. lions, young and adult, have more roundness to their heads. And their ears are much more rounded than bobcat ears.

woodruff Nov 22, 2017 02:45 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted

Young mountain lions do have spotted coats for a while (they gradually fade). Here is a picture of a young lion: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/young-mountain-lion-royalty-free-image/92106693?esource=SEO_GIS_CDN_Redirect Note that the lion cub has a dark nose and muzzle with white horizontal mustache stripes, while your cat has a pale nose and a light muzzle with dark horizontal mustache stripes. Also, your cat has something pretty distinct: The sharply-drawn white 'eyeliner' around the eye, especially on the lower lid. Mountain lions don't have that: http://media.mlive.com/outdoors_impact/photo/is-it-a-mountain-lion-or-a-bobcatjpg-11fdbd84124a4826.jpg Also, there are cheek tufts on the bobcat: http://www.feltonphoto.com/siteimages/Grandma%20cat%20feltonphotoB.jpg

woodruff Nov 22, 2017 02:46 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted

Young mountain lions do have spotted coats for a while (they gradually fade). Here is a picture of a young lion: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/young-mountain-lion-royalty-free-image/92106693?esource=SEO_GIS_CDN_Redirect Note that the lion cub has a dark nose and muzzle with white horizontal mustache stripes, while your cat has a pale nose and a light muzzle with dark horizontal mustache stripes. Also, your cat has something pretty distinct: The sharply-drawn white 'eyeliner' around the eye, especially on the lower lid. Mountain lions don't have that: http://media.mlive.com/outdoors_impact/photo/is-it-a-mountain-lion-or-a-bobcatjpg-11fdbd84124a4826.jpg Also, there are cheek tufts on the bobcat: http://www.feltonphoto.com/siteimages/Grandma%20cat%20feltonphotoB.jpg

crackpot Nov 22, 2017 08:54 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted

We had an ambiguous sighting in 2014 near La Cumbre and Foothill. There are young mountain lions, and it seems not all bobcats are spotted. And, you often don't get a perfect view. Some say our critter was a bobcat, but others say a young lion. The comparisons posted by Woodruff are dramatically different, but I'm guessing it's not always so distinct. See our cat here: https://www.bmumford.com/tmp/cat.jpg

Roger Nov 21, 2017 04:08 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted

I have never seen a spotted mountain lion before.

GeneralTree Nov 21, 2017 01:10 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted

I love it when the Mountain Lion deniers come out of the woodwork and tell everyone that the person actually saw a bobcat. I've seen a mountain lion on APS years back.

GeneralTree Nov 21, 2017 02:25 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted

I once saw Jesus walking down State Street. I've never been to Fiesta since.

a-1513505246 Nov 21, 2017 01:45 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted

What do most people think when we hear stories about Bigfoot (Sasquatch)? Most people are Bigfoot deniers, but it does not make the story teller a liar, or the "denier" a bad person. Whether it was a mountain lion or a bobcat does not matter, as long as the person is not making up a story (like many of the Bigfoot sightings). My mother once saw a bear walking down State St. years ago (in the 50s, and everyone thought she was a liar).

a-1513505246 Nov 21, 2017 01:13 PM
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Generaltre-- no you didn't, it was a bobcat. :P

a-1513505246 Nov 21, 2017 12:58 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted

Without a photo no one is going to know for sure if it was a mountain lion or a bobcat. Bobcats are definitely much more common in that area. Having a pic would go a long way to reducing the number of bobcat vs mountain lion conversations. For now I am sensing it was a BC, and not a ML.

mtndriver Nov 21, 2017 05:48 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted

I live not far from the address mentioned, and know for a fact that there have been mountain lions seen in this area for years--the back side of the Riviera, Mountain Drive west of the old Sheffield Reservoir. In lower Parma Park, in people's back yards off Las Canoas and Mountain Drive. I have not seen one myself, but friends and neighbors who definitely know their cats very well have. Friends in the 300 block of Mountain Drive saw a mountain lion in the bushes at the edge of their lawn looking at their cat in the fog on an early morning many years ago, and opened the back door and shouted, and the lion bounded away.

GeneralTree Nov 21, 2017 09:21 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted

I've seen a mountain lion on the Riviera some years back - and I know full well the difference between a mountain lion and a bobcat. I've also seen panthers on State Street.

a-1513505246 Nov 21, 2017 08:41 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted

No need to be an "expert." The two cats are VERY different - size, color, tail length, ears, legs..... pretty easy to tell them apart if you just know what they look like.

a-1513505246 Nov 21, 2017 09:29 AM
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The problem is that most people DON'T know the difference between a mountain lion and a bobcat. Though they are drastically different in size and shape the smaller of the two, the bobcat, is still very impressive to see in real life... across the yard, deck or field. I still remember my first - it was on Mountain Drive and this big cat just jumped down the hill onto the road and in two leaps was across and down the orchard on the other side. Gorgeous.

a-1513505246 Nov 21, 2017 07:52 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted

My good friend live in that general area and his wife kept telling him that she had seen a mountain lion as well. This was about two years ago. The husband saw the "mountain lion" again....bobcat city. Bobcats and mountain lions are often confused, unless you are an expert in such things. An easy "tell" is that bobcats have much shorter tails than mountain lions. Love bobcats though!!!

mtndriver Nov 21, 2017 10:49 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted

I think an equally easy "tell" is that mountain lions are 6-10 times heavier than a bobcat, depending on age and sex. Even a big bobcat still looks like a supersized spotted domestic cat with a short little tail and pretty ear tufts. But a mountain lion looks nothing like that, with its solid tawny color and super long tail, and a body ranging in size from that of a very large Labrador Retriever to a Great Dane.

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