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World California Park Closes After Mountain Lion Spotted Stalking Young Girl

10:11  11 february  2021
10:11  11 february  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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A California park has closed due to " mountain lion activity" after a family spotted one of the big cats stalking a young girl during a hike. Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in southern Orange County will remain closed until further notice, out of "an abundance of caution," park officials said in a statement The family said that the big cat appeared to be stalking a young girl in the group, KABC reported. Eventually, a park official managed to scare the mountain lion away, and no one was harmed. Officials will now monitor the situation to see whether or not the mountain lion moves into more rural territory.

An Orange County park has been closed after a family hiking in the area said they spotted a mountain lion stalking a young girl in the group. Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Orange County will be closed until further notice, an OC Parks spokesperson told Eyewitness News. Those who neighbor the park in Modjeska Canyon suspect this is the same animal they've caught wandering their neighborhood. The trouble there started on Thanksgiving as livestock were found dead in the months that followed. One neighbor captured a video of a mountain lion jumping through front yards on an

A California park has closed due to "mountain lion activity" after a family spotted one of the big cats stalking a young girl during a hike.

a cat sitting on a rock: Stock image showing a mountain lion. © iStock Stock image showing a mountain lion.

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in southern Orange County will remain closed until further notice, out of "an abundance of caution," park officials said in a statement posted on Twitter.

The sighting of the big cat occurred on Sunday while the family were walking in the Four Corners area of the 2,500-acre park, which is located around 10 miles east of Irvine.

The family said that the big cat appeared to be stalking a young girl in the group, KABC reported. Eventually, a park official managed to scare the mountain lion away, and no one was harmed.

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A 6-year-old girl is recovering from minor injuries after a suspected mountain lion attacked her at a California park . Wildlife officials are now searching for the animal.

The park is closed until further notice. The park was forced to close in August, after other sightings of the wild animals. Authorities are now trying to track down and capture the mountain lion . The little girl was attacked by the wild animal as she was walking through the Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve in Santa Clara County, California (above) on Sunday morning. MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District ranger Brad Pennington (above) told ABC News the mountain lion appeared out of the bushes and launched at the child, clawing at her leg.

Officials will now monitor the situation to see whether or not the mountain lion moves into more rural territory.

Neighbors who live in Modjeska Canyon, near to the park, said they suspected the cat in question was responsible for the killing of livestock animals in recent weeks.

Another local, Jim Carter, said a mountain lion had killed and snatched two llama from his property in separate incidents in late January and earlier this month.

"This really keeps me from hiking in the forest, at least toward the evening hours, with my dog," Carter told KABC.

In addition, one local resident captured video footage of a mountain lion jumping though front yards in December, 2020.

Human encounters with mountain lions are rare, and the chances of an attack are extremely small, but wildlife authorities urge people to be alert in mountain lion country.

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Also on Monday, California wildlife officials were setting up cameras in Rancho Santa Margarita in an attempt to monitor the two lions orphaned after their mother was hit by a car near the Tijeras Creek Golf Club. Months later, the park was closed as a precaution following a number of sightings, including of one lion said to be exhibiting “bold behavior.” 🚧 Park Closure 🚧 Out of an abundance of caution, Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park is closed until further notice due to recent mountain lion activity.

One of the adults the girl was with pushed the mountain lion off her and into the bushes, a ranger said. A 6-year-old girl sustained minor injuries Sunday when she was attacked by a mountain lion in Northern California . Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve in Santa Clara County will be closed until it is determined safe to reopen, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Districtsaid in a statement late Sunday afternoon.

"Mountain lions are unpredictable," a spokesperson for OC Parks told Patch. "They have been known to attack without warning."

In January 2020, a three-year-old boy was attacked by a mountain lion in Whiting Ranch park while on a hike with his family, The Mercury News reported.

The boy survived the attack and recovered from his injuries. Wildlife officials captured and killed the cat responsible.

The park was also the site of a fatal mountain lion attack in 2004, when 35year-old mountain biker was mauled and killed by one of the big cats in the Four Corners area. In the past 100 years, three Californians have been killed by mountain lions.

Mountain lions (Puma concolor) are a large cat species native to the Americas, with a range stretching from Canada's Yukon Territory to the Strait of Magellan in the south. In the U.S., they are mostly found in 14 western states, inhabiting environments including mountains, forests, deserts and wetlands.

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“The mountain lion was scared away by adults who were with the child. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department also responded,” the statement continued. Prior to confirming the animal’s breed, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Midpen rangers said they were “investigating the incident and attempting to locate and positively identify the mountain lion .” “Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve is closed until further notice, and will reopen when the investigation is finished and Midpen determines it is safe to do so,” officials added.

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These large cats—which are also commonly referred to as cougars, pumas, panthers or catamounts—vary significantly in size depending on where they are found. Mountain lions closer to the poles tend to be larger than those living near the equator.

But in general, males tend to weigh between 115 and 220 pounds and females weigh between 64 and 141 pounds, according to the National Wildlife Federation.

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