Meghan Markle and Prince Harry warned to ‘secure £11m home’ as mountain lion is spotted

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been told to lock down their California home after a mountain lion was spotted in the area.

The couple – who are hoping to visit the UK later this year – have been warned to secure their £11million home after the after the animal was captured on security footage prowling around the exclusive Montecito community where the couple live alongside other celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Ariana Grande and Brad Pitt.

CCTV images show the animal roaming outside a nearby homeowner's driveway a few miles from the couple’s residents, with locals warned the lion could be a threat to people’s pets.

Experts have said the lion could be searching for food after having been driven from the hills due to the drought currently sweeping California.

Sharon Byrne, executive director of the Montecito Association, said: "The fact we have security footage shows though that residents are taking this seriously as it was shot by a camera which is what we've been urging residents to install.

"We want all locals to secure their homes and secure their chicken coops and whatever other animals they may have.

Chickens can be a fast, easy source of food for hunting animals so they have to be safe and secure.

"We also urge residents to secure their garbage so animals can't go rummaging around for scraps, to have night lighting, alarms, cameras and so on.

"Mountain lions are solitary creatures and ultimately, they don't want to be around people so we're hoping this one moves on by itself."

The couple have a coop of chickens and two rescue dogs thought to be living on the property, which they adopted during the coronavirus pandemic.

One member of the community said that the neighbourhood is home to a lot of wildlife like coyotes, bears and deer but mountain lion sightings are rare.

The resident told The Sun: “We’re in a drought so the animals are thirsty but also there have been fires and a mudslide in recent years which seems to have brought down the bigger animals.

“People in the area feel safe during the day but they’re taking precautions during the night.

“I would be very scared if I came across that mountain lion in person rather than on video."

The last human fatality caused by a mountain lion in California took place in 2004 when a 35-year-old man was mauled to death at Whiting Ranch Regional Park in Orange County.


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