Mountain lion reportedly follows Burbank woman in Stough Canyon

Burbank police escorted a hiker down a Stough Canyon hiking trail after the woman reported she was followed by a mountain lion on Thursday, April 17, 2014. (Google Maps / April 17, 2014)

Police escorted a hiker down a Stough Canyon hiking trail Thursday in Burbank after the woman reported a mountain lion was following her, police said.

Shortly after noon, the woman called authorities claiming that she saw, and was being followed by, a mountain lion while she was hiking roughly two miles above the Stough Canyon Nature Center, said Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick.

Officers – on foot and by helicopter – searched the area and were reportedly unable to locate a mountain lion, Kendrick said.

One of the helicopter pilots escorted the hiker down to safety, he said.

-- Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

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