Mountain Lion Takes In The View From Telephone Pole

Photo by Peter Day/Victor Valley Daily Press
Photo by Peter Day/Victor Valley Daily Press


The Victor Valley area in Southern California’s high desert is experiencing multiple mountain lion sightings. ┬áVictor Valley Press reporter Peter Day got his own look at one of the big cats in a rather pecuilar place.

Here’s some of Day’s report:

A mountain lion climbed up a 35-foot-high wooden power pole Tuesday afternoon about two miles south of Cougar Buttes on East End Road.

The mountain lion came down from the pole sometime Tuesday night and was not seen in the area on Wednesday, according to local residents.

Two California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers, who were parked several hundred yards away, were requesting passersby to not stop. They hoped the animal, which appeared to be a healthy adult, might climb back down from the high voltage wires and go back into the wild.

Jose Ruiz, a resident who lives across the street from the pole, told the Daily Press that the mountain lion was startled by children coming home in a Lucerne Valley Unified School District school bus. They were yelling with excitement and the big cat scurried up the pole, Ruiz said.

The mountain lion went down from the power pole sometime Tuesday night, Ruiz said.

Ruiz said several ravens were cawing and making a ruckus when the cougar was up the pole.

“It was funny,” Ruiz said. “It was like the one crow was saying, ‘Hey, you’re not a crow’ to the mountain lion.”