In 2015, there were reports of three deer killings in the span of two weeks in Pacific Grove. These incidents were along populated Ocean View Boulevard, one being on the Recreation Trail across from the American Tin Cannery. It was the first indicator of a possible mountain lion in P.G.
Then on the morning of Dec. 7, 2015, the Pacific Grove Police Department responded to a call regarding a mountain lion sleeping up in a tree on the 300 block of Eardley Avenue, just up the road from the American Tin Cannery. Officers called the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which in turn sent out several officials, including two biologists. They tranquilized the cat, gently brought it down from the tree and relocated the animal to be released in a safer area.
Four years later, the big cats are back in Pacific Grove. At 5:25pm on Sunday, June 16, PGPD put out a warning of a confirmed mountain lion sighting in the Del Monte Park neighborhood, located off Highway 68 and adjacent to Pebble Beach. The lion was spotted leaving a resident’s yard on the heels of the biggest event of the year for the region, drawing some 250,000 people to Pebble Beach for the U.S. Open golf tournament.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends the following guidance for residents of the area: Off-leash dogs are at increased risk of becoming prey—keep them leashed; never approach a mountain lion; do not run from a mountain lion, and try to appear bigger and make noise if you encounter one; do not crouch down or attempt to hide, which can make a person look like prey. Officials advise residents to be vigilant of pets and small children.