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[Updated June 19, 2007] Security received two reports of mountain lion sightings in Rancho Murieta North Monday morning and a third sighting reported at sundown.

Security Chief Greg Remson said the first was sighting was about 8:30 a.m. in the backyard of a home on Rio Oso, near Camino Del Lago. The second, at 9:45, was in the backyard of a home on Puerto, between 9 Park and 7 Park, just north of Guadalupe Lake. That's about a mile from the first incident.

On Tuesday, Remson said a resident reported another sighting at 8:45 p.m. Monday on Via Sereno.

There was another reported sighting in the area 10 days ago.

On Monday, Remson said he had notified Fish and Game officers, who advised that residents take the standard precautions about mountain lions. You can see that advice here.

The Rio Oso sighting was made by Debra Keyes, who said she noticed something moving and thought it was a small deer when she was watering in the backyard around 8:30. She came inside and happened to look out the kitchen window and saw the lion, which she estimates at 90 to 100 pounds, on a branch five or six feet up a pine tree inside her fenced yard.

"Oh, my gosh. I was scared to death," she said. "There's the lion, sitting in the tree, and he was stretching. ... I (had been) not more than 10 feet away from that lion as I was watering."

Keyes ran to get a camera. When she returned, the lion was gone.

After she alerted Security, Chief Greg Remson came to the house and they walked around the backyard looking for tracks but didn't find any, Keyes said.

After her experience, Keyes echoed the request Remson made of the community -- be alert. "I truly believe a lot of people here are lax about it," she said.

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