On July 12, 2014, at approximately 6:44 a.m.,
deputies from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department responded to a report of
two mountain lions jumping from back yard to back yard in the 8800 block of
Somerset Drive. This urban residential area is close to Beryl Park and the 210
Freeway. Deputies searched the area and saw
a mountain lion scale a fence and bound through several backyards. The deputies requested the assistance of
Rancho Cucamonga Animal Control and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The deputies warned residents to stay indoors
while they searched the neighborhood. At
7:25 a.m., a homeowner in the 6300 block of Moonstone Avenue reported a
mountain lion was in the backyard of the residence. Deputies and animal control officers
responded and located an adult mountain lion in a corner of the yard. The responding public safety personnel
maintained a respectful and non-threatening distance to observe and assess the
Based on the imminent threat to public
safety; at 8:19 a.m., a deputy humanely shot the mountain lion. The animal expired of the single gunshot
wound immediately and a Necropsy will be conducted.
The Rancho Cucamonga Police
Department would like to alert area residents of recent mountain lion sightings
in residential areas along the foothills.
Mountain lions are nocturnal animals who hunt at night. Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant,
keep pets inside and call 9-1-1 if you spot a mountain lion in a residential
neighborhood. Residents are being warned to avoid
hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active- dawn, dusk, and at
View this link to see the
proximity of the mountain lion call to residential dwellings, schools,
churches, parks and major thoroughfares.
Phone No. (909)387-3700