default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

More residents report mountain lion sightings in Lodi

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 12:00 am

Barbara Miller used to routinely take her dog on evening walks by the river near her home — but not anymore. About eight to 10 weeks ago, Miller and some neighbors say they spotted a mountain lion roaming in a field near a river. But by the time she'd found her camera, hoping to capture a picture of the elusive creature, it was gone.

Miller isn't the only person who claims to have seen a mountain lion in Lodi. City officials canvassed the Lodi Lake Nature Area after a visitor believed they spotted a mountain lion Monday evening.

While all recent reports have been unconfirmed, spotters are convinced at least one creature is roaming nearby.

"I don't walk at night anymore," she said. "I used to take walks at night with my dog and feel perfectly safe. But now I don't."

Miller, who lives at Casa de Lodi in the 800 block of East Turner Road near Highway 99, first saw the cat sitting in a grassy field early one morning. But within moments, the mountain lion scurried away.

Miller asked some people standing nearby if they'd seen anything. And they did.

"They all agreed with me that it was a mountain lion," Miller said.

Near her rural home just west of Lodi in February, Vickie Manaois saw an animal in her pasture about 40 yards away. With a closer look, she recognized it as a mountain lion. But within seconds it ran toward a neighbor's fence, hopped over it and was gone.

Manaois and her husband, Ernie Manaois, warned their neighbors, some of whom were a little skeptical.

But two days later, the couple heard a screech, which, they said, was unmistakably from a mountain lion.

"It was a sound you don't ever hear," Ernie Manaois said. "I know what I heard."

It was only three weeks ago when a couple living near the Manaoises believe they saw a mountain lion, as well.

Every once and a while, the Manaoises are given reasons to believe a mountain lion is still nearby. They've seen a large flock of jackrabbits running from their vineyard.

Like Miller, the Manaoises are taking precautions by locking and securing their surrounding gates.

"We've been very wary," Ernie Manaois said.

City officials have made small changes since Monday's unconfirmed sighting at Lodi Lake. A sign warning people not to walk alone is hanging from the nature area entrance.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don't pretend you're someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don't insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.

Welcome to the discussion.

1 comment:

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 10:21 am on Fri, May 17, 2013.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 469

    Never fear.. The Calif Dept of Fish and Wildlife has you covered...."In the past, authorities had just two options - to monitor a mountain lion until it left the area on its own or kill it. The updated rules allow for a third way, the use of nonlethal ammunition such as pellets or beanbag rounds to drive the cats back into the wild.
    The department also plans to provide additional training on harmless methods of frightening cougars away from populated areas."
    So just be sure you have an ample supply of beanbags when you go out walking alone..http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/05/us-usa-cougars-california-idUSBRE92405T20130305



Popular Stories



Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists