LA CRESCENTA -- A mountain lion picked the backyard of Mary and
Charles Colvin’s home at the top of Lowell Avenue to have a deer over for
dinner, as Mary Colvin discovered over her morning coffee.
The half-eaten carcass of the deer was found in the bottom of a drain
on their half-acre property Wednesday morning by their 20-year-old dog,
“When I let him out that morning, he ran over and jumped into the
drain, and he never does that,” she said. “I went over to go get him and
looked and he was chowing down on a dead deer.”
She added that a neighbor had seen a mountain lion in the area about a
week ago, and that four years ago the Colvins had a small dog that fell
prey to a lion.
Although mountain lions will follow prey into the neighborhoods that
border the Angeles National Forest, they don’t normally pose a threat to
humans, said Fred DeLange, general manager of the Glendale Humane
“They don’t want to be around us, because the only predator for the
cat is us,” he said.
DeLange said that there were probably “one or two” mountain lions
roaming the foothills, but more in the surrounding forest areas.
Residents who spot mountain lions should keep their distance, stand as
tall as they can and make as much noise as they can. Also, small pets
should not be left outside, and pet food should not be left out
People should not run away from mountain lions, as that “kicks in the
animal instinct,” DeLange said.
Mountain lion sightings should be reported to the Glendale Humane
Society at 242-1128.