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Mountain lion found dead in Oceanside days after one was seen in the city

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A mountain lion was found dead in Oceanside after being hit by a car on Friday night around 7:25 p.m., just days after one was seen prowling the streets of downtown Oceanside, animal officials said.

It is not yet confirmed if the deceased mountain lion is the same one that was seen peering through the windows of a movie theater and trotting through Oceanside City Hall’s parking garage earlier in the week.

The single-vehicle collision killed the mountain lion near North River Road and Wilshire in Oceanside. The driver was not injured, Oceanside police said. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was contacted and arrived to examine the deceased animal.

The animal was a young male lion, likely a disperser, which is a young lion starting to become independent and in search of an area far from their home to establish as their own, according to the San Diego Humane Society.

At this time of year, it’s common for young mountain lions to disperse and seek their own territory, so it’s difficult to say if this was the same lion that had been reported in the area earlier in the week, the Humane Society adds.

If you live in Oceanside, there’s a new warning to be on the lookout for mountain lions. Police say there have been several recent sightings around the city, and new surveillance video proves it.

“It’s entirely possible [that this is the same mountain lion],” Tim Daly with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said. Again, the department doesn’t know for sure.

“If the original one resurfaces someplace in the downtown area of Oceanside [we] will respond and we continue to monitor,” Daly told NBC 7.

If you see mountain lions, do NOT approach or disturb them, OPD and the Department of Fish & Wildlife says. Avoid the mountain lion and report the sighting to the OPD immediately by calling 760-435-4911.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.