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Mountain lion reportedly spotted in La Crescenta neighborhood

A mountain lion reportedly has been spotted in La Crescenta, the same community where a big black bear was caught and tranquilized last week after frequenting the neighborhood, especially on trash day.

Residents on Pineridge Drive were paid a visit Sunday night by a mountain lion, according to reports received by deputies at the La Crescenta Valley sheriff's station, KTLA-TV reported.

In the end, deputies could not find a mountain lion and believe it actually may have been a bobcat. But after the bear's increasingly brave behavior throughout the neighborhood, authorities are on alert for any large animals that come too close to homes.

Residents say they think the animal sightings may have something to do with the 2009 Station fire that burned 160,577 acres.

"I think the Station fire has a lot to do with it, because so much was burned," one unnamed man told KTLA-TV.

"Apparently, after the fire, they're coming down into the valley looking for food," another resident said.

Most people say that as long as the animals don't get too close, they're fine with seeing them around, KTLA-TV said.

An unidentified resident told the TV station that although she didn't see the big cat on Sunday, she has seen one before.

"He was up on the hillside and [there] was a squirrel, and he eyed the squirrel and just swatted it with his paw," she recalled.

The 400-pound black bear nicknamed Meatball by some residents was caught and tranquilized last week after frequent sightings in the area, especially on trash day. He earned the moniker because he reportedly ate Costco meatballs from a resident's garage refrigerator.

The sedated bear was returned to the Angeles National Forest by agents from the California Department of Fish and Game.


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