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Introverted Mountain Lion Hanging Around Hesperia

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A mountain lion spotted repeatedly in a Hesperia neighborhood is shy, says residents, and scares easily when approached.

KABC reports
that the animal has been seen in backyards, and even out on the street while kids are riding their bikes. Because of his timidity, experts believe he's simply looking for food and water. Some think he might be the same animal that was captured and released back into the San Bernardino National Forest a month ago:

"We don't tag the mountain lions, so we don't know if it is the same one," [Suzanne Elso with Hesperia Animal Control] said. "Even if we saw him we wouldn't be able to confirm if it was the same lion or not."

Since mountain lions scare easily, authorities are advising residents that if they run into this guy or another like him, to make loud noises or pick up a rock and throw it near the animal (not at it).