In a four hour period Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, the Turlock Police Department received reports of three mountain lion sightings in Turlock.
The first sighting came at approximately 9:24 p.m. on the 600 block of Palacia Ct. The reporting party that called said a mountain lion was walking along the fence in their neighbor’s yard, behind their house, said Turlock police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.
A second report came in when a witness flagged down officers who responded to the area and reported seeing a mountain lion on Camellia Street, which is in the same area as Palacia Ct., said Lewis.
The Turlock Police Department set up a perimeter in the area, but were unable to locate the mountain lion, said Lewis. Officers left the area at approximately 11:18 p.m.
At 11:14 p.m., Turlock police received another report of another mountain lion sighting — this time by Emanuel Medical Center.
According to Lewis, an Emanuel security guard went to assist a possible homeless female near the hospital. The security approached a dumpster near the intersection of Delbon and Colorado avenues. The security guard reportedly saw the female running and then saw the mountain lion running.
Officers responded, along with officials from the Department of Fish and Wildlife, but were unable to locate the mountain lion. The report came five minutes after the sighting, said Lewis.
Finally, at approximately 1:09 a.m., a reportedly sighting came on the 600 block of Wayside Drive. The reporting party said the mountain lion was seen between an apartment complex and a market, said Lewis.
Officers were once again unable to locate the mountain lion.
Mountain lions sightings are now extending into Denair. On Thursday morning, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department received a report of mountain lion tracks. Authorities were unable to locate the animal.
The sighting occurred a short distance from the Denair Unified School District complex, prompting school officials to issue a warning to the public.
According to Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Lt. Patrick Foy, Fish and Wildlife officials are not actively searching, but are in response mode with personnel available if needed.
At this time,Turlock Police Department is unable to confirm that there are multiple mountain lions in the area, as some Turlockers believe.
There have been several sightings this week, beginning around 1 a.m on Tuesday, after authorities receiving several unconfirmed sightings and calling off the search on Sept. 23.
Turlock Unified School District is aware of the situation and are asking parents take extra caution with their students.
If anyone sees a mountain lion, they are asked to immediately call 911.