AGOURA HILLS (CBSLA) — A mountain lion was spotted in Agoura Hills on Saturday afternoon, prompting officials to tell residents that their pets and children should stay indoors as a safety precaution.
The female cat appeared quite large in size based on a photograph the LASD Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station shared, where it was seen sleeping on top of a tree around 1 p.m. in the 28800 block of Barragan Street.
A girl playing on a trampoline outside her home first noticed it.
“I saw the tail of it and then my sister got a little scared,” Adi said.
After the initial discovery, the mountain lion drew a large crowd of spectators for hours.
The animal was seen perched, laying down and sleeping atop the tree, and at some points, exchanging gazes with the people gathered nearby.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife came to the scene and said the mountain lion is likely from the nearby Santa Monica Mountains and would return once it’s dark out, the sheriff’s department said.
As of 10 p.m., neighbors who were able to get an up-close look at the big cat and see it on home surveillance said it was still there.
No immediate action was taken against the big cat, which was wearing a collar, and so deputies are just making sure it stays safe and away from residents.
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