DEL REY OAKS (KPIX) – A curious mountain lion was caught on camera sniffing around the front yard of a home in Monterey County.
The cat was lurking in the shadows and appeared to be particularly interested in a pumpkin.READ MORE: Cal Fire Confirms Estrada Fire Sparked by Controlled Burn, Holding at 150 Acres; Evacuations Ordered
Police said the wild animal was wandering through a neighborhood in Del Rey Oaks on Wednesday.READ MORE: Car Fleeing CHP Causes AC Transit Bus to Plow Into Oakland Home
Some shoppers at stores nearby were surprised to learn the animal was so close.
“Definitely shocked, especially because it’s such a populated area around so many shops,” said one woman.MORE NEWS: Marin County Judge Tentatively Rejects Cutting Inmate Crowding at San Quentin
Police say while attacks on humans are rare, they can happen. Residents in the area should make sure pets stay inside.