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Officers tranquilize mountain lion spotted on street

Officers Tranquilize Mountain Lion Spotted On Busy Street

Residents in a northern California town were advised to stay inside their homes Tuesday evening after two people called 911 to report seeing a mountain lion out wandering the streets.

KPIX reports the Mountain View Police Department and members of two other nearby police departments were able to corner the potentially dangerous animal about four hours later.

KTVU says police escorted one of the station's photographers to the area where the mountain lion was cornered. It was lying under a van while police were nearby.

KNTV says the cougar was cornered in an apartment complex's parking garage, where officials had planned to tranquilize it. Officers didn't have all the equipment needed to tranquilize the animal, though.

So, after more waiting, KGO-TV reports the game warden came with all the supplies needed to tranquilize the animal rather than kill it. As a precaution, officers had their guns drawn.

The cougar was safely tranquilized around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. The San Jose Mercury News reports the mountain lion had a radio tracker collar, but an officer said he "wasn't certain which agency was responsible for putting it there."

An officer with the Mountain View Police Department said it's smarter for people to call authorities rather than handle the issue themselves. "Don't try to pet it. ... You're not a mountain lion whisperer. Let the professionals handle it."

The San Jose Mercury News reports officials planned to release the cougar somewhere in the Santa Cruz mountains.

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DAVID R May 08 2014 at 9:28 AM

A very BIGGGGGGGGGGGG gold star for the cops, am glad they did not pull their weapons and shot that beautful cat, WE (the people) who has forced them to do things like this, people has stoled their hunting grounds (could say the same thing about the American Indana)

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turqea.blue May 08 2014 at 9:40 AM

We have encroached on THEIR territory,this will continue!

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laferiabil May 08 2014 at 10:17 AM

Kere kitty kitty kitty!!!

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crowland503 May 08 2014 at 2:26 AM

Would they have called "911" if the Democratic "Three Stooges"--Nancy, Harry, and Barak--invaded their streets?

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mac102751 crowland503 May 08 2014 at 6:38 AM

How clever you are, moron

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kwhites634 May 08 2014 at 10:36 AM

"Let the professionals handle it", indeed. The first "professionals" didn't have the proper equipment. Doesn't that give you the warm fuzzies?

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kpw1977 May 08 2014 at 12:21 AM

No, that's not a house cat? I hate it when the media talks that way. It didn't even look like a house cat to me.

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hark4109 May 07 2014 at 11:06 PM

Glad he or she was saved and released!

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Will hark4109 May 08 2014 at 5:22 AM

The mountain lion had a collar even.... Not typical stray...

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phpoling May 07 2014 at 11:00 PM

Poor mountain lion! He must be scared but happy he is now safe in his new home in the wildreness

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John T's Voodoo May 07 2014 at 10:14 PM

Another example of man taking away an animals habitat. The mountain lions were in Mountain View long before people were. Real Estate ****** out to make a buck regardless of who suffers.

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lov2elkhnt May 07 2014 at 10:05 PM

Tranqed it huh? Dumb, the thing's coming back and your can bet the ranch on it. Zoo it or shoot and tube skin it. Otherwise, ya may as well ring the breakfast bell when you send your kids out the door for school in the morning. You can forget about putting your trust in the "wildlife managers" intrusted with the animal welfare along with human's welfare. And you can't sue those mutts when their wrong as usual about the critters they tend.

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