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Mountain View Police Capture, Tranquilize Mountain Lion
NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | Terry McSweeney, Bob Redell and Lisa Fernandez

Posted on 05/07/2014 3:35:33 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The mountain lion that left is mother and found its way in Mountain View on Tuesday evening has been released back into the wild, somewhere in San Mateo County. Bob Redell reports

After a nearly five-hour standoff with a mountain lion in Mountain View on Tuesday night, wardens ended up trapping and tranquilizing the big cat inside the parking garage of a typically quiet Silicon Valley apartment complex.

After all the commotion, the 2-year-old male was set free on the Peninsula just before midnight, Fish and Game Lt. Andrew Hughan said.

The drama began after residents, including some children, reported seeing a mountain lion wearing a radio-type collar around its neck in the community about 6 p.m., according to Mountain View police Sgt. Saul Jaeger.

Raw Video: Mountain Lion in Mountain View "I was skating and then I just saw the mountain lion in a garage," said Victor Lopes, a young boy. "Me and my friends started running."

People took photos and showed them to police, who realized this was the real thing.

Then, for hours, police, wardens and residents surrounded the garage of a building in the 2000 block of California Street. The scene was tense, like a "standoff," said Mountain View Police Capt. Chris Hsiung, referring to the cat cowering underneath a car in the apartment garage as everyone looked on.

PHOTOS: Mountain Lion Captured in Mountain View Fish and Game wardens, along with police from Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and Los Altos, raced to help. All held weapons poised, ready to pull the trigger if the cat decided to attack, which it didn't.

Mountain View police asked residents to stay at home, and took to social media, creating the hashtag #MVPuma, to keep residents a blow-by-blow of what was going on.

Just about 11 p.m., Hughan said wardens tranquilized the mountain lion. Within an hour, the cat was set free somewhere in San Mateo County.

It turns out, the cat, which broke away from its mother, was being formally studied as "mountain lion 46M" and tracked by the Santa Cruz Puma Project, a study group at UC Santa Cruz and the California Dept. of Fish and Game.

Wayward Cow Lassoed Near NorCal Shopping Center Many were thankful the capture and release ended so peacefully.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you for not hurting him!" Laurel Jack wrote on Facebook. "It's not the animals fault we have invaded their territories."

TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: mountainlion; mountainview; siliconvalley

1 posted on 05/07/2014 3:35:33 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

To quote Laurel Jack from Facebook; Thank You for Not Killing Him! This is a big state. Maybe he can become established elsewhere.

2 posted on 05/07/2014 3:37:28 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: nickcarraway
Map of area

I grew up just a few blocks south of here. This is a densely populated, built-up area, and has been for a while.

3 posted on 05/07/2014 3:43:48 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: nickcarraway

The MV Police spokesman was he Larry us!

“Don’t try to pet mountain lions. You’re not the Cat Whispered”

4 posted on 05/07/2014 3:43:53 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Disambiguator

never seen a cat up in our neighborhood berryessa/north sj foothills

or much else of anything lately.. except skunks splatted .

it’s an election year and drought and all..

predictable. ;-]

5 posted on 05/07/2014 3:52:05 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

Does that make the group that captured the Mountain Lion the Mountain Lion Police?

6 posted on 05/07/2014 4:09:28 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: nickcarraway

Too bad they don’t treat your dog so well.

7 posted on 05/07/2014 4:21:36 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Vendome
Same goes for bears.

8 posted on 05/07/2014 4:39:13 PM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: nickcarraway

My wife and I watched a local tv station’s coverage of this event last night.

There were more cops and swat officers than you could count, and some of the cops acted very very afraid.

In our wino county if citizens report a mountain lion, they are told to leave it alone and don’t run from it.

9 posted on 05/07/2014 4:47:20 PM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama cannot divert resources from his war on Americans!)
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