Mountain lion captured in downtown Mountain View

Update: A mountain lion was sedated and captured in downtown Mountain View Tuesday evening, Mountain View police reported at 11:30 p.m.

Police are working with a game warden in Mountain View to safely remove a mountain lion from a residential area near Rengstorff Park tonight.

A perimeter was set up at about 6:45 p.m. shortly after a mountain lion was cited in the 200 block of South Rengstorff Avenue near Central Expressway.

Residents in the vicinity were urged to stay inside and call 911 if they spotted the mountain lion. The community was asked to shelter in-place.

Mountain View police officers along with Palo Alto police, Los Altos police and Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety responded to assist.

According to police, as of 10 p.m. the mountain lion was cornered in the 2000 block of California Street and the Game Warden was on scene.

Police and the game warden are working together to extract the mountain lion while ensuring the safety of nearby residents. Police said they plan to do everything they can to make sure that the mountain lion is also unharmed during the extraction.

Police said the mountain lion was reported to have a radio-type collar around its neck. Officers have reached out to local wildlife researchers to try to learn who tagged the mountain lion.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by resqpro911
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on May 6, 2014 at 8:01 pm

out with binoculars, nothing spotted except helicopters , ducks, doves and crows and people walking their dogs.

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Posted by Eem
a resident of Castro City
on May 6, 2014 at 8:04 pm

"urged not to stay inside" - pretty major, opposite-day typo.

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Posted by BadCats
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 6, 2014 at 11:50 pm

The lion is attracted by the large number of feral and free-running pet cats. When will we smarten up and pass some regulations?

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Posted by Naturalist
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 7, 2014 at 6:35 am

Actually, with ferel cat populations in decline and bird populations up, this shows that natural predators will begin to return in time. This is showing great progress.

In actuality, this is the time of year that the lions territorial lines get redrawn. Some will be chased out of an area, following a creek down stream to look for a new territory. You'll probably see a few more stories like this through the spring/summer, in the areas adjacent to open spaces or connected through greenbelts.

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Posted by Rescuer
a resident of another community
on May 7, 2014 at 7:13 am

Actually, the number of feral cats are on the rise. However, the number of feral cats brought into shelters are lower. Why? The Trap and Release programs capture ferals, but if they are tagged or are in poor condition, they are not brought in.
This is why the numbers from the shelters cannot be trusted and you have to do wildlife transections to get a more precise count.

This is rarely done due to the expense, however when it has been done, it showed the numbers rising and how the so-called territorialism of ferals keeping other ferals away was false.

Hopefully, this will be the last lion attracted by the feral kitties in MV...

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Posted by ChrisH
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 7, 2014 at 7:15 am

Naturalist: A Bay Area CL posting last week offered for adoption groups of cats to be released as feral colonies at a place of your choice.Looks like cat rescues think this the way to go. The number of feral cats in Mountain View city limits is rising every year. Not sure where you get your numbers. The Mountain Lion would definitely find enough food along our Mountain View Creeks. Plenty of Raccoons to eat, too.

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Posted by Mountain View Lion
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 7, 2014 at 9:11 am

The mountain lion was despondent over the price of rent in the area.

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Posted by mr_b
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 7, 2014 at 9:26 am

@Bay City News Service: Since when is that area (west of Shoreline West) considered "downtown"? Some of us nearby didn't really know anything was going on except for the helicopter buzzing around for quite a while.

@BadCats/Rescuer: No reporting has listed the cause as feral cats - that's only a possibility. As Naturalist & ChrisH pointed out, the mountain lion could have made its way into the area via creeks - a highway for critters/food sources. I've seen all sorts of critters including deer and some very plump raccoons pop out of area creeks and walk the streets; they're just as likely a food source.

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Posted by DC
a resident of North Whisman
on May 7, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Didn't you hear, all the big cats are coming to town for the Obama fund raiser.

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Posted by Waiting for the reality
a resident of Gemello
on May 9, 2014 at 6:43 am

If ferals are bringing the cats in there will be another soon. If not, there will not be another mtn lion in town in the near future. Lets watch and wait to find out who is right.

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