90-Pound Mountain Lion Sets Sights on Laguna Niguel Dog

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

By Nicole Cook

A rundown of calls that came into the O.C. Sheriff’s Department January 9-10. Incidents reported from Dana Point are noted as such. Other incidents were reported in Laguna Niguel. 


  • A city worker called to report the graffiti he was cleaning up by the picnic tables at Bear Brand Park around 11 a.m.
  • Around 8:30 a.m., a teenager was sitting at the bus stop on Fair Elms, with what appeared to be a rifle.


  • The Orange County Fire Authority responded to a call for a 12 year-old, who fell off his scooter and broke his leg at the cross streets of Alicia Parkway and Awma Road. The accident occurred around 4 p.m.
  • A man reported that he was in a verbal argument with a woman, and she threw a water bottle at him. The woman called her husband to come to the scene. The incident occurred around 10:15 a.m. at the 28200 block of Via Fierro.
  • A man was in his backyard around 7 a.m. at the 28200 block of Bedford Drive when a 90-lb. mountain lion with a three- to four-foot tail tried to attack his dog. He was able to get his dog inside safely and Fish and Game were notified and sent out. The mountain lion was initially seen under the fence next to the pool.

The Sheriff's Blotter data is taken from the official calls for service records kept by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The calls represent what was told to the deputy in the field by the radio dispatcher. The true nature of an incident often differs from what is initially reported. No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided.

Jill McGovern January 24, 2014 at 09:12 AM
Interesting on the mountain lion so far down in town, the only one left I am aware of was a baby who's mother was killed and was left to fend for itself, did not think it had made it...sad as there is no water for them and they are coming down for it and food.
Annie G. January 24, 2014 at 06:43 PM
more interesting is that the length of the tail on the lion was something to report on, ya?? now, if it had say, a 10ft tail, i want to know. get that teenager with that rifle, have him track it down before locking him up.
tanya February 09, 2014 at 04:32 PM
I agree with Jill's sentiments about these animals not having enough food or water and it's very sad indeed when they are so desperate that they come into our neighborhoods where it is dangerous for both the animal and the residents. But Annie, I do not understand your comments at all, especially the part about the teenager with the rifle.


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