Mountain lion spotted near Denair mobile home park

Residents of Country Squire Estates just west of Denair High School reported seeing a mountain lion Friday night, but no four-footed prowler was found when Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies arrived.

“I don’t know where that pesky cat is, but he keeps popping up,” Sgt. Frank Fenn, watch commander, said Saturday afternoon.

Fenn said deputies returned today to the mobile home park, which sits two fields away from the campus on Waring Road, but could not confirm the mountain lion had been there. It was one of two sightings reported Friday and one Saturday morning, all in the same southeast county area near Turlock and Denair, Fenn said.

Turlock Police found mountain lion tracks on Lester Road between Tuolumne Road and Hawkeye Avenue on Thursday morning. On Wednesday a guard at Emanuel Hospital said he honked to scare away a mountain lion a woman was running from.

The animal reportedly ran into a nearby neighborhood on Colorado Avenue. Other Wednesday sightings put it on Wayside Drive near Olive Avenue; in a field in the 3700 block of Colorado Avenue about noon; and at night near the intersection of Tuolumne and Geer roads.

Denair Unified School District sent automated calls to parents urging caution Thursday and saying schools would “continue to keep a watchful eye over students during school hours,” said Superintendent Aaron Rosander.

The first reported mountain lion sighting was on the east side of Turlock the evening of Sept. 21; there are no confirmed reports of aggressive behavior or injuries.