Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take action to protect Archie's 'Chick-Inn' as mountain lion roams close to home

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle advised to secure Archie's 'Chick-Inn' at their Montecito mansion following big wild cat sighting.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been warned to secure their home and Archie's beloved 'Chick-Inn' chicken coop after a wild mountain lion is spotted roaming close to their home.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to take steps to secure their $14.6 million Montecito mansion to stop a roaming mountain lion from attacking their beloved rescue chickens.

The Sussexes who have made LA their home since stepping back as senior working members of the royal family, gave fans a sneak peek into their garden - complete with Archie's own 'Chick-Inn' Chicken coop on their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview .

But with recent reports of a prowling mountain lion, Harry and Meghan are expected to be on lockdown. 

The wild cat was spotted on outdoor security cameras just five miles from their home, walking down a driveway past bins and a parked car.

According to Mail Online, the Sussexes have been warned to protect their chickens as they are a potentially easy target for the predator.

Experts believe the lion has travelled down from the mountain to look for food and water amid the ongoing drought in California.

Executive Director of the Montecito Association Sharon Byrne 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."  

Mrs Bryne continued, "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." 

Reports of a mountain lion killing a human in California last surfaced back in 2004 when a 35-year-old man was mauled to death at Whiting Ranch Regional Park in Orange County.

But attacks have happened closer to home after a boy was attacked in 1992 in the Montecito area suffering 50 puncture wounds and needed 600 stitches.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)