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Big cat

Could it be the legendary mountain lion of Griffith Park? The one whose presence in GP was confirmed about a year ago? Today an Echo Park Animal Alliance list-serve poster reported seeing a big cat with a long tail -- that would not be a bobcat.

This morning we were walking our pug and we saw what looked at first to be a coyote... but then became very clear was not. It had a long body and cat like movements, but was way too big to be a house cat. It was quite large. Hard to say how big as we were seeing it from the distance. His coloring was the same as the brush. And it had a long tail. I called the park service and spoke to a Wildlife Ranger. He said it was most likely a Bobcat. I just wanted everyone to know and be aware. The sighting was near the intersection of Silver Ridge Avenue and Lakeview... in the neighborhood behind Ralph's. He was traversing a hillside between two homes. Keep a look out. And keep your little dogs (and children) safe. The wildlife from the park has been completely displaced due to the fires and the dry weather.

If you hike over to Fellowship Park Way, and bring a pair of binocs, maybe you'll see him or her trying to make it to Elysian Park across the 2 freeway canyon.

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