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Reports of mountain lion sighting in Acampo prompts search from sheriff’s office

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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Reports of mountain lion sighting in Acampo prompts search from sheriff’s office

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Updated: 9:01 PM PDT May 18, 2024

TO BE DONE. IN MY 57 YEARS HERE, I DON’T THINK I’VE EVER HEARD OF A MOUNTAIN LION JUMPING A FENCE AND TAKING A FAMILY DOG OVER A FENCE, LONGTIME EL DORADO COUNTY RESIDENT RICHARD MORGAN SAYS HIS DOG, MALCOLM, WAS ATTACKED AND KILLED BY A MOUNTAIN LION IN HIS OWN BACKYARD. I CAME OUT AND YOU COULD JUST SEE HIS EYES AND WE SAW OUR DOG IN HIS MOUTH, HE SAYS. HIS SON SAW THE MOUNTAIN LION AT AROUND 9 P.M. LAST THURSDAY, WHEN HE WAS CALLING HIS DOG. WE LET THE DOG GO OUT AT NIGHT. YOU KNOW, WE’RE A FENCED YARD. EVERYTHING WE FELT LIKE WE WERE PRETTY SAFE. WITHIN MINUTES OF BEING SPOTTED. THEY SAY THE MOUNTAIN LION RAN AWAY. IT HIT THAT TREE AND LAUNCHED OVER THE FENCE LAST WEEK WE FOUND SOME FUR THAT WAS HERE THAT BLEW OFF AND FELL OFF THE FENCE. MORGAN TELLS US HIS MAIN CONCERN IS THE FENCE DID NOT STOP THE MOUNTAIN LION FROM ATTACKING HIS DOG. NOW THAT YOU KNOW, IT’S KIND OF LIKE, UH, CAN WE BE OUT HERE AFTER DARK? IS IT GOING TO JUMP THE FENCE AND PREY ON ONE OF US? THE EL DORADO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CONFIRMED TO KCRA THREE. IN THE LAST MONTH, THEY HAVE RECEIVED 14 REPORTS OF MOUNTAIN LION SIGHTINGS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. EVERYWHERE FROM, YOU KNOW, GEORGETOWN, SOMERS SET SO THE NORTHERN SECTION OF THE COUNTY, THE SOUTHERN SECTION TO EVEN DOWN INTO SHINGLE SPRINGS. WE HAVE HAD REPORTS THERE. OFFICIALS ARE NOW ASKING RESIDENTS TO BE ON ALERT, JUST TO BE AWARE OF THE SURROUNDINGS AND JUST TAKE PRECAUTIONS AND HAVE SOMETHING THAT, YOU KNOW, HAVE AN AIR HORN, HAVE SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN USE. JUST IN THAT CHANCE ENCOUNTER. MORGAN SAYS HE’S ALREADY TAKING EXTRA STEPS TO STAY SAFE, LIKE ADDING CAMERAS AND MOTION SENSOR LIGHTS. HOWEVER, HE BELIEVES MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE. TRACK THEM, COLLAR THEM, CHIP THEM, WHATEVER YOU GOT TO DO SO THAT YOU HAVE AN AWARENESS OF WHAT THEIR AREA IS AND HOW MANY THERE ARE. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE ALSO ASKED RESIDENTS TO REPORT ANY MOUNTAIN LION SIGHTINGS. WE CONTACTED THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE, BUT THEY DID NOT HAVE ANYONE AVAILABLE FOR AN INTERVIEW.

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Reports of mountain lion sighting in Acampo prompts search from sheriff’s office

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Updated: 9:01 PM PDT May 18, 2024

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a mountain lion being spotted in Acampo on Saturday night. (Video player above: Multiple mountain lions spotted in El Dorado County recently)A social media post from the sheriff’s office said the mountain lion was reportedly seen on East Harvest Road. Residents in the area are being asked to keep their pets indoors as a precaution. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies are searching the area with the intention of trapping the animal. If anyone sees the mountain lion, they are being asked to call the sheriff’s office at 209-468-4400). | RELATED | Community raises funds for family of brothers attacked by mountain lion in El Dorado County

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a mountain lion being spotted in Acampo on Saturday night.

(Video player above: Multiple mountain lions spotted in El Dorado County recently)

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A social media post from the sheriff’s office said the mountain lion was reportedly seen on East Harvest Road.

Residents in the area are being asked to keep their pets indoors as a precaution.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies are searching the area with the intention of trapping the animal.

If anyone sees the mountain lion, they are being asked to call the sheriff’s office at 209-468-4400).

| RELATED | Community raises funds for family of brothers attacked by mountain lion in El Dorado County

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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.