Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Corralitas Drive: ALERT! Mountain Lion Sighting In Silver Lake

Photo: Diane Edwardson, April 1, 2014.  Authorities are warning Red Car Property neighbors to stay in their homes & keep their children & pets inside, with their doors and windows closed.  A mountain lion was seen lounging on the patio of one of the last houses atop Corralitas Drive this morning.  

Rangers from Griffith Park were alerted when P-22, the Griffith Park mountain lion, slipped his radio collar.  The collar was found at the Mulholland Fountain around 5 AM this morning by a jogger who turned into the ranger station.  There was an unconfirmed report of the big cat had been seen near the miniature pony ride late last night.

P-22, a male, has started to roam from the park, most likely looking for love.  He was last seen on Hollyridge in the Hollywood Hills on March 5.  He has no competition for deer, his primary prey, in the park.  There have been no recent mule deer sightings in Silver Lake.

Every spring seems to bring a flurry of mountain lion sightings to this part of Silver Lake.  Usually the mountain lion sightings are on the other side of the hill, toward the Silver Lake Reservoir, near Hildago, at dusk.  Perhaps the big cat enjoys the scenic sunsets over the reservoir.  

It's possible the mountain lion took El Pueblo Trail Corridor from Griffith Park, along the hills adjacent to Riverside Drive, crossed just a 2 large streets overnight, then took the Red Car Property to Corralitas Drive, got lost, like so many people do, on its way to Elysian Park through the hills. 

If you believe this, you really need to check the calendar, and perhaps your eyes.  This post should not be used as proof of anything other than April Foolishness.  Notso is a semi-feral domestic short haired cat (photoshopped blonde), not so much a mountain lion.  Click here for what real mountain lion looks like.