Saying that mountain lion sightings are not unusual for the area, wildlife biologist Shelly Blair said they are nothing to panic about.
Blair, who works for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said two sightings of mountain lions have been reported to her office, not including the one reported last week on Darlington Avenue. Both sightings were in Placerville.
“Sightings are common,” she said, “but they can be difficult to verify.”
The reported finding of scat at one location could belong to a coyote or bobcat, she noted.
Blair said the only time Fish and Wildlife will investigate whether or not a mountain lion is in the neighborhood is if livestock or a pet has been killed.
She said they can tell what animal did the kill because coyotes tear up their prey while mountain lions usually bury theirs.
Once they verify a kill has been done by a mountain lion, they can issue a depredation permit if the property owner wants it. The permit allows the owner to shoot the animal since Fish and Wildlife won’t relocate animals.
But it does require a special permit to kill the animal as mountain lions are a protected species, she said.
Those who want to report a sighting of a mountain lion can call Blair at 530-295-3510. They can also report sightings to the El Dorado County Department of Agriculture at 530-621-5520.