Mountain Lion Spotted A Few Blocks From Strandwood Elementary School In Pleasant Hill

May 16, 2018 9:57 am · 40 comments

A mountain lion was spotted this morning at 4:30 in the area of Edna Dr. and Marguerite Ave., just north of Strandwood Elementary School in Pleasant Hill.

Police are working with Contra Costa County Animal Control regarding this sighting.

If you happen see a mountain lion call police immediately and they will respond.

Just saying May 16, 2018 at 10:04 AM

That lion might be getting a tasty snack

What the actual? May 16, 2018 at 10:07 AM

Christ the King School is a few blocks from Strandwood next to the Canal where this cat obviously came from, unless it strolled down Gregory from Briones.

Makes Sense May 16, 2018 at 10:23 AM

So that’s why there were no birds chirping this morning. They usually start up around 5 am but super quiet out this morning…it was a bit strange.

Pleasant Hill Res May 16, 2018 at 10:49 AM

Hmmmm, I’m not convinced. Mountain lions rarely venture so far into a dense neighborhood. Perhaps in the dark, the person saw something else? A coyote is a similar size, and I’ve heard coyotes yapping in the neighborhood the last few days. My daughter saw a bobcat at the top of Golf Links Street last week.

There were supposed mountain lion sightings in a South Bay neighborhood a couple years ago. Someone finally got a picture. Turns out it was a really big Maine Coon cat roaming the neighborhood.

Meow May 16, 2018 at 11:20 AM

Exactly. I’m not buying that a mountain lion is strolling through the hood. If there were multiple witnesses or even a photo that would be one thing. I’m not saying it could not happen, but it’s right up there with a Bigfoot sighting. With the amount of porch cams, doorbell cams and such, there either will be photos soon, or someone woke up way too early after a long night of drinking and thought kitty had turned into a tiger 😉

Warren May 16, 2018 at 1:24 PM

I agree, something was seen, but I am not buying it was a mountain lion…..

How quickly we forget May 17, 2018 at 9:53 AM
Marissa May 23, 2018 at 7:18 AM

There was a sighting at the Keys Walnut Creek garage 3 days ago (inside the garage) at 4:50am.The guy did not call police but reported it to the condos rec office. They printed flyers but did not call animal control or police. Very irresponsible. It may be the same mountain lion.

Racquel SantaBarbara May 16, 2018 at 11:14 AM

Not convinced. No photos have documented this sighting.

What the actual? May 16, 2018 at 11:38 AM

I saw two BIG bobcats playing at the side of Pleasant Hill Road near Pleasant Hill elementary a couple of years ago.

GregTheElder May 16, 2018 at 11:39 AM

Probably came off the canal trail. Coyotes are scrounging around the trail by Las Juntas during the AM hours when it’s still dark. Hopefully that’s all it was. Would be nice to hear the first hand account of the sighting.

Anon May 16, 2018 at 4:24 PM

I live on Las Juntas, where is the canal trail?

jtkatec May 16, 2018 at 11:44 AM

Ummm. possibly this is a mistaken sighting of the Claycord Cornsnake….they can look pretty scary at times

Insider May 16, 2018 at 11:45 AM

I live in the area. I’ve seen a bob cat on the canal trail near Las Juntas before. Maybe it was a bob cat?

Runaround Blue May 16, 2018 at 11:53 AM

I seriously doubt this.

walnut creek oldtimer May 16, 2018 at 12:16 PM

Saw a mountain lion on the hill where Rossmoor is now back when I was a kid. They are in the area but mostly don’t make themselves visible to people.

concord ygnacio May 16, 2018 at 12:17 PM

Aren’t bobcats the same as mountain lions?

Shoulda Coulda May 16, 2018 at 12:38 PM

Mountain lions are the same as Cougars
and Pumas not Bobcats.

Silva May 16, 2018 at 10:19 PM

And Bobcats are just slightly larger than house cats, and they have a short stubby tail.

Ripley May 16, 2018 at 12:47 PM

I have seen Pumas 3 times in Briones over the past 20 plus yrs, last time was Dec. 2016. I live a few blocks NW from Strandwood and have a creek behind my home that starts in Briones. Deer, Coyotes, Fox and Bobcats have all used the creek to travel. So it’s not totally impossible…
FYI- the last Bobcat I saw was as big as a full size Lab.

Silva May 16, 2018 at 10:16 PM

I don’t think Bobcats get that big.

Kendall May 16, 2018 at 1:06 PM

Possible, but very rare to see them. A mountain lion is extremely, infinitesimally unlikely to cause problems with an adult human. And if your child is alone at 4:30AM, there are definitely safety issues unrelated to Pumas… 🙂

Elwood May 16, 2018 at 2:01 PM


I like big kitty!

Original G May 16, 2018 at 3:18 PM

At Summer Camp last Century, large coffee can, a button, twine and pine sap.

Small hole in center of can made from the inside to outside, twine thru into the can tied to thru button so button sits flat. A little Pine sap on twine and a little on your fingers.

Pull twine between fingers …..
with a little practice sounds like a mountain lion.

Was my last year at Summer Camp for some reason.

Denise May 16, 2018 at 2:17 PM

It’s very possible that it was a mountain lion. They do live in the area and have a 100 mile radius that they will wander and hunt. Years back I seen one that was dead on the side of the road. That was near Taylor Blvd. And I do know what they look like because I came face to face with one when I lived in Arizona. A coyote or a bobcat look nothing like a mountain lion.

jtkatec May 16, 2018 at 2:39 PM

If I see a mountain lion, can I pick up other people’s children? Am I supposed to use them as a shield?

WC resident May 16, 2018 at 2:56 PM

Nearly all cougar sightings are in and near Rossmoor. I did not think they had spread out to the residential parts of Pleasant Hill.

PH Dad May 16, 2018 at 3:18 PM

There are a fair number of cougars that live in that area.

Quick-Brown-Fox May 17, 2018 at 3:36 AM

@PH Dad: Cougars at Rossmoor? Har-dee-har-har. :o)

America May 16, 2018 at 3:25 PM

Wonder if they get spooked from little quakes.

TIFOKCIS May 16, 2018 at 4:02 PM

I saw a deer running with the flow of traffic made a right turn onto Willow Pass (on a green light). Nothing much surprises me.

Other folks saw it too. We should have started a club.

Lela May 16, 2018 at 10:19 PM

Once I saw a Bluejay waiting for the signal to change on Clayton Road to cross Mitchell Canyon, and when it turned green he walked to the other side of the street in the crosswalk.

Dr Jellyfinger May 16, 2018 at 11:00 PM

Why did the Bluejay cross the road?

Citizen May 16, 2018 at 8:14 PM

Yipes! I will not walk at night In Rossmoor! I have heard there are mountain lion sightings on the golf course! I did not believe it! Oh oh!!

Lela May 16, 2018 at 10:11 PM

In the sixty-nine years I have lived in Contra Costa County, I have never heard of a confirmed mountain lion siting here … and it was a lot “wilder” around here fifty years ago than it is now.

Elmer May 17, 2018 at 8:40 AM

That’s because back in the day people had common sense and if they saw a mountain lion they would shoot it.

Old timers used to hunt over off Rudgear road back then.

HRJ May 17, 2018 at 12:55 PM

I can understand the skepticism about mountain lions entering an urban area, but there have been solidly confirmed sightings in very urban areas of other Bay Area cities on occasion. (I recall one in downtown Berkeley where the authorities considered it necessary to shoot the mountain lion for safety reasons — about as confirmed as you can get.) So it’s perfectly believable on a theoretical basis.

Big Rob May 18, 2018 at 12:24 PM

A couple of mornings ago, one was spotted at a condo complex in Walnut creek. So they’re down here from the hills. Watch your pets!

Jimboa May 19, 2018 at 2:02 PM

I’ve seen lots of dead deer on Highway 24. The hills are brown. The deer are coming down and the Lions are following.

MommaToTwo May 22, 2018 at 9:05 AM

I saw a bird fly in front of my car once….i just wanted to feel part of the convo.

It was probably a bobcat, which is bigger than a housecat with short stubby tail.

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