Lost mountain lion captured in San Francisco’s most urban neighborhood

Lost mountain lion captured in San Francisco’s most urban neighborhood
By Amy Graff, SFGATE Updated 7:58 am PDT, Thursday, June 18, 2020 In a video shared by San Francisco resident Luis Fernando, a mountain lion could be seen wandering around Russian Hill early Tuesday morning. In a video shared by San Francisco resident Luis Fernando, a mountain lion could be seen wandering around Russian Hill early…

By Amy Graff, SFGATE

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  • In a video shared by San Francisco resident Luis Fernando, a mountain lion could be seen wandering around Russian Hill early Tuesday morning. Photo: Luis Fernando

    In a video shared by San Francisco resident Luis Fernando, a mountain lion could be seen wandering around Russian Hill early Tuesday morning.

    In a video shared by San Francisco resident Luis Fernando, a mountain lion could be seen wandering around Russian Hill early Tuesday morning.

    Photo: Luis Fernando

In a video shared by San Francisco resident Luis Fernando, a mountain lion could be seen wandering around Russian Hill early Tuesday morning.

In a video shared by San Francisco resident Luis Fernando, a mountain lion could be seen wandering around Russian Hill early Tuesday morning.

Photo: Luis Fernando

A young mountain lion was captured in San Francisco’s Mission Bay—among the city’s most urban neighborhoods—Thursday morning, KCBS Radio reported.

Officers from S.F. Animal Care and Control and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife cornered the disoriented animal at Fourth and Channel streets near Oracle Park and used a large net to seize it.

“They’ll be taking off to place it in the wild,” SFACC Executive Director Virginia Donohue told KCBS.

Donohue said the goal was to capture the animal without tranquilizing it because young cats can die in the sedating process.

The captured cat is the same animal as the one spotted wandering around the city in recent days.

Sightings were reported along the Embarcadero and at the intersection of Fremont and Market streets. Video footage of the mountain lion was taken at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning at Lombard and Leavenworth in Russian Hill.

In the video, the animal can be seen pausing on the sidewalk next to a couple of trash cans before it darts off into the night.

“It’s highly unusual for a mountain lion to be in these areas because it’s quite young and very inexperienced,” said Deb Campbell, a spokesperson for SF Animal Care & Control. “Usually when families have litters, they disperse to find their own territory. This one probably went a little early and ended up here and doesn’t know how to get out.”

On Wednesday evening, there was a second sighting in the East Cut-Rincon Hill neighborhood near downtown.

Animal Care and Control posted a message on Twitter warning residents to use caution when outside after dark and before daybreak. “It’s likely the mountain lion is confused and lost, and will soon find its way south and out of San Francisco,” the message read. “If you see the mountain lion – do not go near it. Give it a wide berth, slowly back away while facing the lion, do not run!”

SFGATE reached out to Animal Care and Control for comment on the capturing of the animal and the agency wasn’t immediately available for comment. This story will be updated as more details become available.

SFGATE Digital Editor Amanda Bartlett contributed to this story. 

Amy Graff is SFGATE’s News Editor. Email her at agraff@sfgate.com.

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