Mountain Lion Tranquilized In San Mateo

First San Bruno, now San Mateo! Mountain lions – or at reported least sightings of the big cats – are all the rage in my hometown and the city where my three sisters now live (San Mateo).

Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle:

A mountain lion was spotted walking around the backyard of a San Mateo home Monday morning and after almost a full day of attempting to safely corral the puma, wildlife officials successfully tranquilized it, authorities said.

San Mateo police officers responded to the call at about 9:30 a.m. and proceeded to search for the animal, which was estimated to be about 80 pounds, said Peter Tira, a spokesperson for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

About two hours later, police located the animal less than a mile away on Alameda De Las Pulgas between Crystal Springs Road and Georgetown Avenue. 

The cat is expected to be relocated after it’s examined and fitted with a collar at UC Santa Cruz.

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