Meghan Markle and Prince Harry told to ‘secure home’ after mountain lion spotted near Montecito mansion

Local residents have also been urged to secure their chicken coops after the sighting of the large cat

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been told to “secure their home” after a mountain lion was spotted near their mansion in Montecito, California.

Meghan and Harry stepped down as senior royals in 2020 before moving to the US to live.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex bought their luxurious seven-acre property in Montecito, in June 2020 for a reported £11million.

But after a mountain lion was captured on driveway security cameras less than 10 miles from their house, locals have been urged to secure their homes.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
A mountain lion has been spotted just miles from the pair's Montecito mansion
A mountain lion has been spotted just miles from the pair's Montecito mansion

Local residents have also been told to secure their chicken coops, with Meghan and Harry among the households to own one.

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 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,” as quoted by The Sun.