After days of late-night sightings in and round downtown San Francisco, a sub-adult mountain lion was safely caught — with out the usage of tranquilizers — by police and animal management officers early Thursday morning.
Between blue whales making pit stops close to the Farallon Islands to a peregrine falcon father consuming his personal younger (on live internet television, no much less) in a nest perched on the PG&E constructing on Beale Road, it is already been fairly a wild week for the Bay Space. And now, we are able to add the capturing of a hardly ever seen adolescent mountain lion — believed to be the identical massive cat seen dotting round metropolis streets earlier this week — to that listing.
⚠️ Mountain Lion Noticed ⚠️
Mountain Lion final noticed within the East Lower Neighborhood of #SF. If seen keep away, again up slowly dealing with the lion, and don’t run. Name @SFACC at 415-554-9400. For after hours help please name 911. pic.twitter.com/lnDm7e5Wbh
— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) June 18, 2020
Based on KPIX and NBC Bay Area, the mountain lion, which is estimated by wildlife consultants to be round 15-months outdated, was once more seen patrolling in San Francisco Thursday at 5:22 a.m., this time at Fourth and Channel streets in Mission Bay. SFPD officers had been fast to reply, shutting down an space close to Oracle Park to create a fringe across the stated 50-pound younger cougar. Metropolis animal management officers shortly arrived on the scene and by 6:30 a.m. had been capable of seize the animal.
“In 24 hours, [the cat had] solely moved a couple of blocks, the poor man actually wanted some assist,” San Francisco Animal Care and Management (SFACC) spokeswoman Deb Campbell advised KPIX, hinting that this particular sighting and seize may’ve been a primary for town: “We by no means had a mountain lion proper in the course of downtown San Francisco.”
Campbell famous that the cub was clearly “misplaced” and maybe a bit nostalgic. Pictures and movies had been taken of the cat gazing at its personal reflection in home windows because it handed alongside close by workplaces and flats, Campbell including the cougar may’ve “thought [his reflection] was his mother or brother or sister.”
Nonetheless, the male mountain lion is “doing properly” and is “wholesome,” per the SFACC consultant.
SFGate now reports the massive cat is presently being held on the Oakland Zoo the place he is beneath examination by a veterinarian specializing in wildlife. As a result of the cat wasn’t tranquilized, his restoration from the ordeal and reintroduction again into the wild are each anticipated to go over seamlessly. No accidents to any on-site SFPD or animal management officers had been reported through the seize, as properly.
The place the cat will finally be launched continues to be unknown — although we’d think about it’ll be miles away from the foot site visitors in downtown SF.
North American cougars (a.okay.a. mountain lions) are one among two remaining examples of the genus Puma, the opposite being the a lot much less plentiful, smaller Florida panther; the japanese cougar, one other subspecies of mountain lion, was declared formally extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011.
Picture: Unsplash by way of Leah Huyghe