4S RANCH (CNS) - Authorities searched open areas near Black Mountain Park Tuesday following a reported mountain lion sighting, but found no sign of any such wild predator cat, a sheriff's official said.
A passer-by reported seeing what appeared to be puma roaming on a hiking trail near Winecreek and Carmel Valley roads in 4S Ranch shortly before 9:30 a.m., according to Lt. Scott Amos.
Deputies searched the area on foot and aboard a sheriff's helicopter for about 45 minutes, spotting no mountain lion, Amos said.
Sheriff's personnel will keep an eye out for the animal in the course of their normal duties in the rural community west of Rancho Bernardo, Amos said.
"They'll certainly be aware that there may be a big cat out there somewhere," he said.
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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Sheriff's Deputies searched a middle school in the 4S Ranch area Tuesday morning, after reports of a mountain lion sighting.
However, there are conflicting reports as to the type of animal that was spotted. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department received a report of a mountain lion sighting. However the mother of a student at Oak Valley Middle School reported seeing a bobcat near the school.
As a result, school representatives kept the children inside, but did not issue a lockdown for the campus.
Sheriff Deputies searched the grounds, but didn't see anything. Sheriff's ASTREA was also on the scene for a brief time, but didn't find any evidence of a cat.