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Rancho San Antonio open after mountain lions withdraw

Original post made on Sep 6, 2019

All trails at Rancho San Antonio are open, but visitors are advised to keep an eye out for mountain lions and report any sightings to rangers.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 6, 2019, 1:33 PM

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Posted by John V
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 6, 2019 at 2:30 pm

The mother and 2 cubs were spotted yesterday morning at Fremont Older on Coyote Ridge. A runner tried to “shoo” them away thinking they were bobcats, but they ignored the runner. Based on the size description from my friend who was there and saw them, even the juveniles were way bigger than a full grown bobcat.


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Posted by Clarify?
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2019 at 2:37 pm

Where is Fremont Older on Coyote Ridge? Is that part of Rancho San Antonio park? i.e. can that area be accessed from the Rancho trails?


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Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Sep 6, 2019 at 3:10 pm

Hey, let's have an open space preserve but not allow any moutain lions. Great idea.


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Posted by Actually
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2019 at 4:10 pm

@Reader, C'mon. They didn't rid the park of lions or even try to. They targeted and moved 3 PROBLEMATIC lions who were too accustomed to human contact out of the very popular area due to numerous and increasing encounters with visitors.
There are still plenty of lions roaming the Rancho hills this very day, but they are the ones who are acting as wild lions and generally avoiding humans.

When rangers move problematic bears out of Yosemite campgrounds, they're not ridding the park of bears! LOL!


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Posted by Common sense
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 6, 2019 at 4:27 pm

Common sense is a registered user.

Those mountain lions are a defining feature of the hills here. A well-known foothill town on the way to Santa Cruz (Highway 17 goes through it) is even named for them, a place name first applied by early Spanish settlers because, as a 1935 book on California records, the local hills had long been "infested by mountain lions and wildcats." By the time of the book's publication in 1935, those cats were less numerous, "though the hunter may still come upon them in the higher range." These days there's not much hunting any more around the Open Space Preserves, but you can still encounter wild cats, as we've seen.


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Posted by Lyon
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2019 at 5:02 pm

Is the PGE trail open too?
Why don’t they just post signs saying “No Mountain Lions allowed unless on leash”? Lol


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Posted by Lyin'
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2019 at 5:14 pm

"Infested with mountain lions and wiodlcats"
I just love that.


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Posted by George
a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 6, 2019 at 10:00 pm

I like Mountain Lions way more than Spartans. Change the MVHS mascot to Mountain Lions. And do it before this next Friday the 13th when MV meets LA in varsity football under the temporary lights at MVHS. Mountain Lions will always prevail over Eagles if they stay on the ground. In the air, Eagles could win. That is football talk.


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Posted by residents
a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 7, 2019 at 6:04 am

residents is a registered user.

Mountain Lions are an important part of a healthy environment. If they are removed, there will be problems too numerous to describe here.
Give them space and respect them.


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Posted by kcg
a resident of another community
on Sep 9, 2019 at 10:08 am

it is exciting to see mountain lions, but its just a matter of when, not if, there will be an attack(s) on humans around here in the MROSD parks. with the increasing spottings, its inevitable. this does not mean they should be removed, but the danger of having them around us should not be discounted, we get habituated to their presence and read things like runners "shooing them away." this is playing with fire, they are loaded guns (please insert your favorite metaphor..).


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Posted by Where?
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2019 at 1:41 pm

It would be nice if they posted what they actually did and where they drove the lions off to, or at least where they suspect they were driven off to.

Too much mystery surrounds MidPens actions, though I don't think they did anything wrong other than mis-manage the final communication.

A summary write up with details would be great


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