Mountain Lion Spotted Near North County School
Sighting Reported Near Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School
Last Updated: 1171 days ago
Parents in the North County are on alert after a mountain lion was spotted last week near Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School in the early morning hours.Tiffany Catledge and her family live in Rancho Santa Fe and said she was surprised to hear reports of a mountain lion in her neighborhood."It's a little scary when you have little kids running around and you have small pets running around," said Catledge. "You worry about them being in danger [or] possibly being in danger."A newspaper delivery man said he saw the mountain lion near the Rancho Santa Fe Library, which is near the elementary school. According to the report, the man saw the mountain lion at 3:45 a.m. while he was on his delivery route."As far as reported sightings to us, [this is] very rare," said Matt Wellhouser of Rancho Santa Fe Patrol.He said this was not the first time the man said he saw the mountain lion."Later that day, his supervisor called us and asked us to report the sighting," said Wellhouser. "He told us he had seen the mountain lion over a ten-day period a few times."A letter was posted inside the library warning residents of the possible mountain lion sighting in the area.The school district said they were notifying parents by sending an e-mail blast, but the e-mail was not received until 2 p.m. Monday, which was five days after the initial report."If it was more of a regular occurrence, I would want to know more about when and where and maybe what precautions we should take," said resident Craig Penny.In April, a mountain lion reportedly attacked two German Shepherds in the area.So far, there have been no attacks on people, but authorities went door to door urging people to take precautions."That's definitely getting a little close," said Penny. "That's a little scary for sure. Too close for comfort, definitely."When the mountain lion was spotted, it was chasing a coyote, which are typically found wherever deer are found.