Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

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Photo: John Palminteri / KEYT

Update by edhat staff

Another sighting of a mountain lion was reported around 8:00 a.m. Thursday near the West Campus Children's Center by UC Santa Barbara, reports John Palminteri.


By edhat staff

UC Police are alerting residents of a mountain lion sighting near the Devereux Lagoon on Tuesday, reports KEYT.

The first sighting occurred on Tuesday near Campus Point around 4:30 p.m. The second sighting was around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday near the Devereux Lagoon. Both areas are close to Isla Vista, bordering the UC Santa Barbara campus, and filled with people walking, running, and biking. 

UC Police officers searched the area while UC Santa Barbara posted signs and sent out emergency alerts.

As mountain lions are nocturnal animals, experts state it's unusual for them to be out during the day and they could be sick or searching for food. Experts also say if you come close to a mountain lion, do not run away, but make a lot of noise instead and make yourself appear as big as possible.

There were also two other mountain lion sightings reported at Allan Hancock's Lompoc campus over the past week, reports KEYT.

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Lina24 Sep 20, 2019 02:56 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

I saw one in my backyard in Buellton a few weeks ago. At first I thought it was my cat, and called it but it took off running. I realized it was much bigger, it's tail was super thick and long and it was taller. I thought I must've been imagining the size, but then saw my cat sleeping on the couch and realized it was more than twice as big. My cat is a siamese/grey tabby mix and looks a lot like a little one.

Lina24 Sep 20, 2019 03:11 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

Oops, this was meant to be a reply to someone else's comment about how big their tails are. Not meant to make it about my experience in a totally different area. Sorry!!

Longing2bhome Sep 20, 2019 01:41 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

Mountain Lions are soooo beautiful! Tell me if you also saw this, please. I think it was about 16 years ago, summer, in the Central Library. Zoo To You had a baby Mountain Lion and a baby bear. They put them together on a table. They started playing with each other, fell off the table and when landed on the floor they never stopped playing. Even as they were falling. It was adorable! Did anyone see it with me also?

biguglystick Sep 20, 2019 11:25 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

They are incredibly beautiful. I hope this cat gets back away from people asap. People harm. Stay safe kitty.

MyHonorStudentB Sep 20, 2019 07:22 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

I was down there yesterday and did not see the cat. But one crossed my path in the mid-upper reaches of Tuckers Grove. They were here first, and before the Chumash came over the Siberian land bridge. We should appoint the lions kings and queens of the realm and the humans can step back. #ecotopia

bjerglober Sep 19, 2019 09:05 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

I came upon a mountain lion in the same area at dusk in November of 2017 - it was in the UCSB research meadow on the Ellwood side of the lagoon and I managed to snap an admittedly fuzzy picture. I'm a local trail runner and have seen several bobcats and coyotes on my runs and I'm certain this was a mountain lion (you can see the tail in the pic!). I sent the picture to CA Fish and Game and Noozhawk and never heard back.

a-1573750840 Sep 19, 2019 01:17 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

Likely and adolescent male in search of his own territory. Adult Mountain lions generally know to avoid us killer humans.

Shasta Guy Sep 19, 2019 12:50 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

Red Creek, great point. There’s been a population explosion of rabbits and squirrels in the upper east, so I imagine the populations are increasing elsewhere. I’d expect more predators moving in from to backcountry to feast on the critters in our neighborhoods. The creeks are like highways to them.

tagdes Sep 19, 2019 11:29 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

Not surprised to hear of one at the beach. When we were doing the bridge into Gaviota State Park in 1997 the campground host had one walking down Gaviota Creek to the beach and back upstream almost daily. This was immediately adjacent to where the 9 year old boy was attacked in March of 1992 on the park trail from the overlook. There is a permanent warning sign on the bluff trail entrance now after the father sued the State Parks.

a-1573750840 Sep 19, 2019 09:39 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

Presumable the same cat was seen at Campus Point and then again near Devereux? Meaning it probably traversed IV beach several times? Wow. Making out on the beach takes on a whole new level of excitement.

Red Creek Sep 19, 2019 08:33 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

Lots of tasty rabbits and squirrels around here. It will join the bobcats, fox and hawks at the wildlife delicatessen around Devereux Slough, Coal Oil Point Preserve, NCOS and Ellwood. No Bear yet.

a-1573750840 Sep 19, 2019 07:56 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

I wonder if this is why we have not heard coyotes around the Dos Pueblos High/Ellwood neighborhood for quite awhile . . .

a-1573750840 Sep 19, 2019 07:24 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

Cougar looking for her cub in IV, no news here... was this a confirmed big cat sighting or just a bobcat? Leaning towards the latter if no official confirmation from authorities.

oops Sep 19, 2019 06:58 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

CA's protection of the mountain lion has to end. In addition to being an immediate threat, the numbers are far too high, they are decimating the deer population...u know, all the bambies you'll like to gush over everytime someone post a picture. Same with the coyotes, they are not cute, they are dangerous wild animals and should not be allowed free range

biguglystick Sep 20, 2019 11:21 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

Are you KIDDING, oops?! As an avid conservationist with a focus on big cats and predators, I can tell you that you are dead wrong. In fact, we need to be stepping UP protections for these animals. Coyotes are not in danger, and their populations are swelling, but mountain lions need our protection and we need to build wildlife crossings for biodiversity. If you think they are decimating the deer population you are wrong there too. Mountain lions play a crucial role in a healthy eco-system and actually deer thrive when mountain lions thrive. Lions take out the weak and diseased deer. Read up.

a-1573750840 Sep 19, 2019 12:00 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

Actually, I think you are wrong about that. I read that on the East Coast, the deer population is exploding because the numbers of mountain lions are declining. And I don't CA has all that many mountain lions anymore because humans are encroaching on their territories. They need a large territory.

PitMix Sep 19, 2019 10:04 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

What is your beef with a tiny piece of functional nature in our midst? Killing all of the wolves and grizzly bears wasn't enough for you? If you live in a house where you can actually see these creatures, I'm willing to trade my downtown house with you. My biggest threats are rats eating out of my garden and my dogs getting skunked every now and then.

a-1573750840 Sep 19, 2019 12:25 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

I hope for the best for them. Recent S. CA mountain lion news: (Political support and more: http://mountainlion.org/) ================================================================= My heart is bleeding still for https://ktla.com/2019/09/10/simi-valley-man-charged-with-fatally-shooting-mountain-lion-p-38-in-the-head/ https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mountain-lion-dies-rat-poison-20190430-story.html And these, so recent: seems there's an untagged one that chased P-61... https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/09/07/mountain-lion-struck-and-killed-on-the-405-freeway-in-the-sepulveda-pass/ https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/09/13/mountain-lion-struck-and-killed-on-5-freeway/ Our too late solution: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/08/25/87m-wildlife-bridge-over-101-freeway-enters-final-design-stage/

a-1573750840 Sep 18, 2019 10:29 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

Right around July 4th - 6:30am (ish) Cathedral Oaks and Glen Annie intersection. We saw a mountain lion (about 100 yards away on Glen Annie) saunter across the road. Looked big and healthy to me (no way it was a bobcat). Magical.

ypyetr Sep 18, 2019 10:07 PM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

True it is. I've seen a mountain lion coming from Robin Hill Road passing over to South La Patera twice! And no, it's not a bobcat. This is a puma with a three foot long tail that is 3-4" thick and about 3-4' long! Called Fish and game to report it but they were incredulous towards me regarding the possibility.

biguglystick Sep 20, 2019 11:24 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

This land IS their normal habitat. They were here first. Since Santa Barbara is nestled right in the pocket of the mountains, it is completely normal to see one every now and then. Consider it a magical lucky sighting! They are shy and elusive and don't want to be near humans, mostly looking for water or food. Attacks are extremely rare! Extremely.

biguglystick Sep 20, 2019 11:23 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

PLEASE do NOT call Fish and Game when you spot a mountian lion unless it is very obviously sick or struggling. We don't need to report sightings to them every time, they usually muck it up and end up euthanizing the animal for dumb reasons.

giftedinSB Sep 19, 2019 09:14 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

Kind of surprising that they were so incredulous when you called them because last year there was a mountain lion spotted downtown on Laguna. After that sighting, Fish & Game should realize that mountain lions can be spotted in places other than their normal habitat.

a-1573750840 Sep 19, 2019 12:39 AM
Mountain Lion Spotted 3 Times Near UCSB

YPYETR. Funny you should go on about the cat's tail. My mountain biking boyfriend once had a Mountain lion jump across his path up at Knapp Castle. Boyfriend really couldn't get over the length and breadth of the lion's tail. He still mentions that awesome tail every once in a while.######## I was walking at dusk this evening with my two dogs when darkness fell quite quickly. Out in Goleta. I was keeping an eye out for Mountain lions and Coyotes. Must have had a feeling about the lions, because that was before I read these Edhat reports.

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