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USMountain lion found sleeping in planter outside Macy's tranquilized

08:05  30 april  2019
08:05  30 april  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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A mountain lion spotted outside a Macy ' s at the Santa Rosa Plaza has been tranquilized and removed on a truck. That's when the excitement began. At approximately 9 a.m., Fish and Wildlife shot first of four tranquilizing darts. Then, they waited for the drugs to take effect, and for the 50

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Mountain lion found sleeping in planter outside Macy's tranquilized© STOCK PHOTO/Karel Bock/Shutterstock A mountain lion is seen this stock photo.

California wildlife officials have tranquilized a juvenile mountain lion caught sleeping in a shopping center.

Witnesses saw the male cougar napping in a planter attached outside a Macy's department store in Santa Rosa, California, Monday morning, Greg Martinelli, wildlife and lands program manager for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, told ABC News.

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Around 9 a.m., wildlife officials shot the 50-pound mountain lion with four tranquilizer darts and waited for the drugs to immobilize it, Martinelli said. The lion did not "go down" right away, which is why additional shots were required, he added.

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The mountain lion was found outside a Macy ' s department store in Temecula at the Promenade mall, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife A game warden shot the mountain lion with a tranquilizer dart and moved it to the back of a pickup truck to be transported to a rural location, said Lt.

A lion was spotted Monday morning roaming through backyards of a neighborhood outside Los Angeles, near the San Gabriel Mountains wilderness. Wildlife officers were able to track the animal down and hit it with a tranquilizer dart. Later, the sleeping lion was loaded onto a truck and taken to a

Mountain lions often appear along urban-rural borders, allowing wildlife officials to "let them disperse back into their habitats" on their own, Martinelli said. Because the lion was in downtown Santa Rosa, a completely urban landscape, department workers decided to tranquilize it to enable them to transport it.

After the cougar was removed, he was checked out by veterinarians and a local researcher placed an ear tag on him and took a DNA sample, Martinelli said. The lion was then released into a suitable habitat north of Santa Rosa.

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It is normal behavior for juvenile mountain lions that are no longer with their mothers to roam the area, Dr. Quentin Martins, director of the Living With Lions Project, told ABC San Francisco station KGO. The lion's habitat was likely located at a creek near the Santa Rosa Plaza, Martins said.

No one was hurt in the incident, according to KGO.

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