Led to the spot by a fellow firefighter who had heard his shouts, the searchers found Kenneth Jordan, 29, standing on a fence post along a truck trail in the northeast corner of Caspers Wilderness Park.
Jordan, a U.S. Forest Service firefighter, told his colleages that he had been jogging along the trail when a mountain lion charged him three times. Each time he had shouted at the cat, and each time it had stopped only a few feet short of him and retreated, Jordan said.
But Jordan's report of the encounter caused little concern at the park on Ortega Highway east of San Juan Capistrano, where last March a mountain lion severely mauled a 5-year-old girl.
The incident with Jordan had occurred in an undeveloped section of the huge park where, officials said, given the increase in the mountain lion population during recent years, one would expect to occasionally encounter the cats.