The Rancho Cucamonga Police Department would like to alert area residents of a recent vicious mountain lion attack in a residential area of north Fontana. The incident occurred approximately one-quarter of a mile from the city of Rancho Cucamonga. Residents are being warned to avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active- dawn, dusk, and at night.
On March 5, 2014, at approximately 3:30 a.m., officers from the Fontana Police Department responded to the 4100 block of Fox Borough Drive (northern part of Hunter’s Ridge neighborhood) for a report of a mountain lion attack against a 100 pound German Shepherd in a backyard located in the northern part of a Hunter’s Ridge neighborhood. The owner heard the dog in distress and went outside to find a large mountain lion standing over his deceased pet displaying a very aggressive behavior toward the resident.
When officers arrived they found the mountain lion in the front yard. Officers shot at the mountain lion and scared it into the canyon. The mountain lion kept returning and coming towards the officers in front of the residence a total of four times before disappearing into the canyon. There is no evidence that the lion was ever struck by any rounds.
The Rancho Cucamonga Police Department has deemed the mountain lion an imminent threat to public safety.
[box type=”warning” align=”aligncenter” ]Mountain lions are nocturnal animals. Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant, keep pets inside and call 9-1-1 if you spot the mountain lion in your neighborhood.[/box]
Source: SB County Sheriff’s Department news release