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Residents Urged to Report Large Wild Animal Sightings

On Friday, November 22, 2019, a resident notified City of Norco Animal Control Services that their horse had been attacked in their backyard by something during the night. Norco Animal Control responded to the residence, began their investigation and evaluated the injuries sustained by the horse.

After investigating the scene, Norco Animal Control immediately contacted California Department of Fish and Wildlife to notify the agency of a potential wildlife assault on a domestic animal.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife reviewed the provided information and determined that the injuries were consistent with a large animal or “large cat” assault. There were no witnesses to the incident. The horse was seen and treated by a veterinarian and is expected to make a full recovery. The incident is still under investigation.

Norco Animal Control would like to remind the Norco community that the Santa Ana River Bottom is a wildlife corridor and may have an abundance of wildlife moving through it at any given time. This wildlife could include foxes, opossums, raccoons, coyotes, birds of prey, wild pigs, bobcats and an occasional mountain lion. Please be mindful of your surroundings, and secure your pets and animals at night, especially if you live near the River Bottom.

Residents are asked to report any suspicious wild animal activity to City of Norco Animal Control Services at:

During regular business hours: (951) 737-8972 or

(Animal Control staff is on-duty Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Animal Shelter is closed on Sunday, Monday and Friday, as well as most major holidays.)

In an after-hours emergency situation: (951) 371-1143