Posted by Mrs. R., a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Feb 20, 2009 at 10:23 pm
I live two blocks from Blackhawk/Diablo/McGee Ranch development in Danville -- close to Mt. Diablo, open land and to creeks.
A mountain lion charged over our 6 foot fence into our backyard back in October while my cat and I were on the deck. My cat took off running, with the mountain lion in pursuit ... outstretched, fangs displayed...My cat got away, and so did I. (The mountain lion was within 3 feet of me while I was standing on the deck...)
With the apparent government funding cuts, this is the response received when I called the following:
o Danville Police: Sheriff's department answered for Danville Police and replied "We don't handle these types of calls. You need to call Animal Control"
o Animal Control: "We don't handle these types of calls. You need to call the Department of Fish and Games"
o Department of Fish and Games: I was routed several times, winding up talking to an answering machine. "We pick up messages every day between 2pm and 5pm and will return your call." Department of Fish and Games never called.
Four days later, at home the Whitegate neighborhood of Alamo (which backs to Mount Diablo as well), a group of us sitting in the backyard observed a mountain lion coming down the hill behind the house...apparently heading for the owner's cat sitting in the backyard. The owner scooped the cat up and took it into the house.
Both of these mountain lion sitings took place between 2pm-4pm in broad daylight -- During the severe drought, mountain lions are nowing entering neighborhoods and see pets are easy pickings.
Be alert -- the mountain lions are coming down into the neighborhoods.