Mountain Lion Stalks Mother, Two Children on Trail

A game warden later shot the animal to death.

A mountain lion stalked a mother and her two children at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park Sunday. Patch file photo.
A mountain lion stalked a mother and her two children at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park Sunday. Patch file photo.

A young mountain lion stalked a woman and her two children on an Orange County park trail and came close enough to pounce but was later shot to death by a game warden, authorities said in remarks reported today.

Another hiker threw rocks and shouted at the mountain lion while the woman and two children made their escape and called 911, the Orange County Register reported.

The incident occurred Sunday afternoon on Borrego Trail in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

Mission Viejo resident Madison Smith, who was walking her children on the trail, later described the mountain lion being near enough to be heard making hissing sounds and then closing to within six feet of her 5-year-old son, according to a CDFW spokesman.

Orange County Sheriff's Department deputies and a CDFW game warden found the mountain lion in a grove of bushes near the trail around 5 p.m. Sunday, the Register reported. Attempts to scare the mountain lion away were unsuccessful, so the game warden shot and killed it, according to the newspaper.

The mountain lion was 12 months old and weighed 60 pounds, the CDFW reported.

The section of trail where the woman and her kids were confronted by the mountain lion was close to Foothill Ranch Elementary School.

--City News Service

B. Player April 02, 2014 at 05:59 PM
Now, that the 9th Circuit approved CCA's in the O.C., we can all pack a piece while we hike for emergencies.
Joel Sax April 02, 2014 at 09:29 PM
Laura, the point that I raised and has been raised by others is that no one is talking about just what this mother thought she was doing bringing young children into an area marked as having a mountain lion. Official discussion has focused on the need to kill the lion, but nobody is talking about the elephant in the closet which is that this parent was ignoring signs and endangering her children. This is why I say that Whiting should be closed to people under 13.
PK April 02, 2014 at 09:43 PM
What the hell kind of parent would take her 2 young children on any trail with posted Mountain Lion warning signs anyway? Do us all a favor lady, and go to the mall or the playground where YOU and your "2 young children" belong. The mountain lion was in THE WILDERNESS where it lives. Not in your yard! So try not to be such a total idiot next time ok? Thanks..PS- You sound like the old story "The boy who cried Wolf" Desperate from some attention id' say. Just stay out of the mountains what ever you do!
Rocky Neidhardt May 01, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Stupid lady .. You bringing your kids on a trail they should never have been on cost a mountain lion it's life


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