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Lion, bear seen near homes

Reports follow a string of bear sightings in last weeks

Posted: May 7, 2009 12:22 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2009 12:22 p.m.

A mountain lion, like the one pictured above, was reportedly seen near several Santa Clarita Valley homes in the last two weeks.

A bear and a mountain lion have been spotted roaming close to homes in the Santa Clarita Valley in the last 24 hours, a sheriff's spokesman said Thursday.

The first sighting came Wednesday night in Saugus when a homeowner in the 20000 block of Celleste Place reported seeing a mountain lion on a hillside behind her home, said Lt. Mark Hersey of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

The second animal sighting came early Thursday morning when another homeowner spotted a black bear lumbering into the hills near Byron Place and Alton Way in Castaic, Hershey said.

The two sightings are the most recent in a string of wild-animal sightings throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

A bear was spotted roaming the paseo near Rancho Adobe and Alta Madera roads in Valencia April 24, prompting at least four people to report the bear to the Sheriff's Station, Lt. Brenda Cambra said. The bear was later sighted in the wash behind Tournament Road in Valencia, she said.

On April 26 a bear was reportedly spotted near Old Orchard Park in Valencia, Cambra said. Deputies were unable to verify the second sighting, she said.

It is unclear whether the April 24 and 26 bear sightings were connected, she said.

Susan Lampley of Stevenson Ranch spotted a dead bear lying in the far-right lane of southbound side of Interstate 5 on April 30.

The dead bear tied up traffic on Interstate 5 during the morning commute until animal-control officials removed its remains, according to a CHP spokesman.


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