Mountain lion found taking a catnap in Pasadena backyard

A 100-pound male mountain lion that was trapped in Foothill Ranch.
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

A mountain lion was safely removed Thursday after it was found resting under a tree in the backyard of a Pasadena home two miles from the foothills.

Although the city sometimes sees bears amble over from the Angeles National Forest, there have been no reports in recent history of a big cat in the city.

“Generally, coming down to Pasadena that far is a little unusual,” said Lt. Max Dahlstein of the Pasadena Police Department.

Police received the call just before 5 p.m., and authorities with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife arrived at the scene near the 1600 block of Fiske Avenue shortly thereafter to remove the animal, Dahlstein said.


The big cat was thought to weigh between 80 and 100 pounds.

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