VIDEO: Police capture mountain lion roaming San Francisco

 

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A mountain lion that was spotted within San Francisco city limits Friday morning has been caught, according to San Francisco Police Department.

The wild cat was reported around 9:49 a.m. in a wooded area on the 5100 block of Diamond Heights Blvd.

Police and Animal Care and Control responded, but were not able to catch the mountain lion.

A crew from California Fish and Game has since taken over the situation.

Police shut down Diamond Heights Boulevard as they searched for the big cat.

Just before 2 p.m., they found the mountain lion and tranquilized it.

The mountain lion will be relocated to the nearest suitable habitat.

No further details are available at this time.

Police are asking anyone who sees a mountain lion in their neighborhood please call 9-1-1 or the business line at (650) 947-2770.

Mountain lions are generally solitary and avoid people. To help prevent conflicts with these wild animals, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife suggests the following:

  • Trim brush to reduce hiding places for mountain lions
  • Don’t leave small children or pets outside unattended
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house
  • Don’t allow pets outside when mountain lions are most active – dawn, dusk, and at night
  • Bring pet food inside to avoid attracting raccoons, opossums and other potential mountain lion prey
  • Don’t feed deer; it is illegal in California and will attract mountain lions
  • Deer-proof your landscaping by avoiding plants deer like to eat

If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children. If attacked, fight back.

Track mountain lion sightings here: http://santacruzpumas.org/puma-tracker/

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