Friday, 3 October 2014

US SIGHTINGS: Jeff Jardine: Mountain lion causes a big stir in Turlock


jjardine@modbee.comSeptember 22, 2014 

UNWELCOME MAT – Kelly Hollinger heard a bump on her front porch Sunday evening. Then, a scratching on the front-door glass. From another part of her home on California Avenue in Turlock, she could see a mountain lion. Yes, that mountain lion – one and the same that is causing such a stir in Turlock and is still on the loose.

“It was just so panicked,” she said. Panicked because police were closing in, guns drawn and pointed. That, of course, panicked her a bit, as well.

“I didn’t know if they had bullets or tranquilizer (darts),” she said.

She wondered if they were going to blast her front door to, well, murgatroyd. But it never came to that. Snagglepuss, the unwanted guest, exited, stage left, and fled California Avenue for another neighborhood a couple of blocks to the north.

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