Mountain Lion Caught Near SoCal Golf Course

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cougar-caughtSANTA BARBARA —  California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers were called in to capture a mountain lion in a Southern California backyard on Monday.

The big cat was reported in a heavily wooded backyard of a home bordering the Santa Barbara Golf Club, two blocks north of U.S. Highway 101.

Wildlife officers determined the lion was not in a place where it could be chased it back into the wild without taking action.

A plan was formulated to tranquilize the animal and return it to open space; there were no plans to destroy the animal.

About 12:30 p.m., wildlife officers successfully used a tranquilizer gun to immobilize the cat and secure it for evaluation and transportation.

The cat is a young, male lion, about 100 pounds and appears to be healthy.

Officers took the animal to Los Padres National Forest for release.

A nearby elementary school was notified as a precaution, but was not locked down or evacuated.

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  • MSG

    How wonderful to have wildlife handled appropriately and safely returned to the wild. Very different than the usual "just kill it" response as occurred when a mountain lion ended up in Santa Monica. Kudos to the officers involved!

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  • Rockina2

    Now they need to go train the idiots down at the peoples republic of santa monica on how to rescue and return wildlife to their homes.


    Occasional hunting – justified by the threat posed to livestock – and habitat loss remain the most significant factors contributing to the Cougar's decline, but the creature remains safe from extinction and will undoubtedly prowl the Americas for many millennia to come.