Mountain lion caught on dash cam crossing San Carlos street

Posted at 12:51 PM, Mar 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-30 21:31:02-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A San Carlos resident is sharing video of what he believes is a large mountain lion running across a busy street in his neighborhood.

Mike Johanning was driving home from dinner at 11 p.m. when his dash cam captured the animal.

The incident happened on Navajo Road near the Mission Trails Golf Course and Cowles Mountain trailhead.

The possible mountain lion was as wide as his car, Johanning told 10News.

Johanning has lived or worked in San Carlos since 1997 and said he had never seen a mountain lion in the area.

Wildlife Research Institute researcher David Bittner saw Johanning’s video and confirmed it was likely a mountain lion.  Bittner is leading a project that has set up cameras throughout the county looking for mountain lions.  He says a sighting in San Carlos is rare.

Bittner says he may be a juvenile striking out on his own hunting for deer. 

"Usually they go back home after a few days," said Bittner.