Bobcat sighting reported in Sorrento Mesa

SAN DIEGO - A Sorrento Mesa couple says they are in disbelief after finding a bobcat on their back porch. 

Gail and Mannie Edelstein say they spotted the giant cat at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 11000 block of Caminito Alcara, along the rim of the Los Penasquitos Preserve.

"I saw something that looked like a cross between a cat and a lion and I had no idea what it was," said Gail Edelstein. "He was pretty big… I could see it wasn't a cat… definitely was not a cat. He was just walking slowly around like a lion in a cage."

Her home and back porch butt up against the Los Penasquitos Preserve. It is a preserve where she has spotted all kinds of nature but nothing ever quite like this.

"At first I thought it was a monkey because it had the fur," she added. "I just don't know how he could have climbed over."

Two weeks ago, in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, a 140-pound mountain lion cleared several fences as it roamed the neighborhood. It was later tranquilized, tagged and returned to the mountains.

Last month, bobcat or mountain lion sighting was reported in 4S Ranch near Oak Valley Middle School. Two years ago, a mountain lion was killed after being hit by a car near the same area. 

"Well, I knew that I shouldn't go outside," said Edelstein. "I knew that I needed help."

Edelstein and her husband called the county Department of Animal Services but by the time they arrived, it was too late. The bobcat was gone.

"I've seen three coyotes at one time at dusk and that scared me enough… and big coyotes," said neighbor Sandra Sutherland Delessio. "I will definitely will be extra careful with (my dog) and certainly make sure my husband is here."

Neighbors and the Edelsteins tell 10News that they will now be on the lookout for the big cat.

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