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Week in Review : MAJOR EVENTS, IMAGES AND PEOPLE IN ORANGE COUNTY NEWS : MISCELLANY / NEWSMAKERS AND MILESTONES

November 16, 1986|Times staff writer Bob Schwartz compiled the Week in Review stories

Was it a mountain lion--or just a little bobcat? Two days in a row last week, Cowan Heights residents reported seeing a mountain lion near a horse trail at Travertine Place and Grove Oak Drive, east of Orange. Sheriff's deputies said tracks found in the area confirmed that the first sighting, on Tuesday, was indeed a mountain lion.

But Joe Oliver, chief of county field services for animal control, said the next day that the tracks found Tuesday were actually those of a bobcat. And another search of the area following a reported lion sighting on Wednesday turned up nothing but a blond Labrador retriever.

Reports of lion sightings have increased in Orange County since the attacks in Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park earlier this year on two children.

"It's like UFOs--you can have a whole bunch of sightings after this much publicity," said Len Liberio, director of Orange County Animal Control.

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