Bobcat Spotted in Ocean Ranch Neighborhood

A security guard in the gated Laguna Niguel community said he witnessed a good-sized creature around 5:30 p.m., Wednesday. It scaled the wall of one home.

Residents in the Ocean Ranch community saw a good-sized bobcat in the community off Bear Brand Road and Golden Lantern on Wednesday around 5:30 p.m.

Security guard Bob said: "It was just sauntering around the streets, it wasn't in any hurry to go anywhere soon. It had huge legs, and looked like it had been cared for pretty good."

The cat was spotted near the 0 block of Dorchester Green and Bear Brand roads, and eventually scaled the 6-foot wall of one of the homeowner's backyard.

The bobcat was not seen after that, said the seccurity guard, however, Orange County Animal Control was called. As of 6 p.m. there was no further information on the cat's whereabouts. The agency cautioned pet owners to keep their pets indoors this evening and to always be aware of where you are walking your pet. Also, never leave your pet unattended or alone.

In addition, keep small children in close range.

This is not the first bobcat sigting in the area, read these links. 

Lisa Pawlik October 11, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Leave the bobcat alone! We live in its home not the other way around! They are loner animals and want nothing to do with us, they are just trying to survive like a lot of us are!
Lisa Pawlik October 11, 2012 at 01:58 AM
By the way, the coyotes are more dangerous than bobcats! Beware of them but leave the bobcats alone! You should keep your pets in to keep them safe from many things, especially coyotes, I work for a vet and we see coyote attack victims & rattlesnake victims the most!
LagunaLucy October 11, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I lived on Pompano way and for several weeks we had a bobcat in the area. One night as my dog walked to our fence, I see her wagging her tail and up over the fence a bobcat was getting a look see into our yard. when it saw me it took off running so fast toward Alicia Pkwy. Pretty amazing animal.
Greg M. October 11, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I guess your name says it all Mr. "Richard Noggin". What an unintelligent comment and position to take.
laguna11 October 11, 2012 at 04:54 PM
A bobcat or linx, just like the picture, has been in our backyard 2 times in the last 3 months. The most recent was actually last week. It makes it's visit in the early evenings (between 4-5:30pm). Luckily we have a big dog and no cat. It is not afraid as it stood still and looked as us as we approached our back yard from the driveway. We live in the South Peak neighborhood and our back yard is directly on the Salt Creek corridor. It is able to jump effortlessly over the glass wall. I don't know if this is important that I tell you this, but maybe it will make others more aware of the surroundings here. We also have a pack of coyotes that make themselves known almost every night by the yelping and howling. I don't know if these animals can be relocated or if animal control prefers to leave them alone. I just hope no small children get hurt. I lived up in the La Verne area back in the early 90's and a little girl about 3 years old was dragged away by a coyote. She was luckily rescued and had to receive shots in her stomach to ward off rabies, I believe. Just be aware of your surroundings.


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