Caught on video: a cougar wanders around Beverly Hills

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (KABC) — A cougar has been filmed wandering around a Beverly Hills neighborhood and locals say the big cat is no stranger to the area.

The homeowner, whose yard was used for a nighttime escapade by the mountain lion, captured footage of deer, coyotes and other wildlife on her security camera. She shared the video with Eyewitness News so other area residents would be aware of the animal’s presence.

“He doesn’t have a collar. He’s been on camera for over five years, but he couldn’t be tagged or bonded to figure out his lineage,” said Tony Tucci, co-founder of Citizens for Los Angeles. Wildlife, also known as CLAW.

The cougar was spotted around 2 a.m. Sunday morning in the hills above Coldwater Canyon Drive near Cherokee Lane. CLAW has tracked the animal’s movements for a long time, dubbing it the “Beverly Hills Mountain Lion.”

Mountain lions have probably been living with us in Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Laurel Canyon since we started inhabiting this area. It’s just now that we’re discovering them through these Ring cameras, security cameras and the nature cams that CLAW puts together,” Tucci said.

The sighting comes as wildlife activists continue to work on a project that will protect mountain lions.

“We’re close to the finish line advocating for a wildlife district ordinance for the exact same area that is his home range. So it’s very exciting that he’s blessing us with his presence, so to speak.” , added Tucci.

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