Mountain lion sighting on Pineridge Drive in La Crescenta

Mountain lion sighting on Pineridge Drive in La Crescenta (KTLA-TV)

LA CRESCENTA, Calif. (KTLA) -- Last week it was a big black bear. This week, it's a mountain lion that's been spotted on the prowl in La Crescenta.

One young California black bear made so many visits to La Crescenta yards, garages and garbage cans, he was known around the neighborhood by the nickname "Meatball."

His last day out in the neighborhood last week was captured by KTLA cameras.

Ten people called 911 that morning, and one man learned why texting and walking isn't a good idea, when he came face to face with the bear.

Meatball is gone -- tranquilized and relocated by animal control -- but people living on Pineridge Drive were paid another visit Sunday night.

La Crescenta Valley sheriff's deputies were called to the area around 8 p.m. Sunday, after someone reported seeing a mountain lion.

One resident said she didn't see the big cat on Sunday, but she has seen one before.

"He was up on the hillside and it was a squirrel, and he eyed the squirrel and just swatted it with his paw," she recalled.

Deputies could not find a mountain lion, and believe it may have actually been a bobcat.

But after Meatball's increasingly brave behavior throughout the neighborhood, authorities are on alert for any large animals that come too close to homes.

Residents say they think the animal sightings have a lot to do with the 2009 Station Fire, which burned 160,577 acres.

"I think the Station Fire has a lot to do with it, because so much was burned," one man told KTLA.

"Apparently after the fire, they're coming down into the valley looking for food," another resident echoed.

Most people say that, as long as the animals don't get too close, they're fine with seeing them around.