Mountain lion sightings in South Lake Tahoe area

Published: Saturday, Apr. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B

El Dorado County Animal Services officials are alerting residents and visitors to two reports of mountain lion sightings in the South Lake Tahoe area this week.

The sightings occurred in the meadow area between Black Bart Avenue and Al Tahoe Boulevard, according to a county news release.

"In both instances, the mountain lion appeared to be calm and did not exhibit any aggressive behavior," Lt. Robert Gerat, supervising animal services officer, said in a written statement.

The first sighting was reported about 2 p.m. Tuesday, when an individual saw the mountain lion walking across the meadow from a South Tahoe Public Utility District building toward Lake Tahoe Community College. The second sighting was reported in the meadow about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, when a person walking dogs saw the mountain lion lying in the field about 60 yards away.

The mountain lion did not approach the individuals in either case.

To report routine sightings of non-aggressive mountain lions in the South Lake Tahoe area, call El Dorado County Animal Services at (530) 573-7925.

In an emergency, or if a mountain lion is exhibiting aggressive behavior, call 911.

– Cathy Locke

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