Something worthy of fear
By terryh on Jul 04, 2005
This morning, as I was out on my bike ride, having just done the climb up Bogert Trail and come down the other side, I was flagged down by a police officer in a cruiser. She said that there was a mountain lion prowling in the area, so I should be very careful. She said to keep scanning all around and look well ahead, and if I saw the animal, not to approach it. Another cyclist also told me that the animal was in the area, and added that — like corgis — they like to chase bikes.
Since several cyclists have been attacked by mountain lions in Southern California in the last few years, I was very concerned. Fortunately, I didn't even catch sight of the moutain lion, and I got home safely. No doubt, even with a puma known to be in the area, I was more likely to be hurt by a car. But somehow that doesn't scare me as much. As I was riding up the main road away from the canyon area and back towards home, I saw a large number of police cruisers and at least one TV crew heading down there, so I guess it is regarded as a fairly serious matter.
Edited 8/3/2005 to change "killed" to "attacked", to be more consistent with objective reality.