GLENDALE, Calif. (KTLA) — Police tranquilized a large mountain lion found wandering around a residential neighborhood in Glendale Thursday afternoon.
The big cat was first spotted around 2:00 p.m. in the 4500 block of New York Avenue.
The sighting was not far from Clark Magnet High School.
It took three tranquilizer darts to bring the animal down.
California Fish and Wildlife wardens believe the animal is a full-grown male, weighing about 120 pounds.
Officials loaded him into the back of a pick-up truck.
They said he would get a quick health check-up and be tagged, before being released back in the mountains.
Wildlife officials said this was the first mountain lion sighting in a populated area of Southern California this year, and they expect more as we approach summer.
The big cats are looking for food, and they focus on a scent, without paying too much attention to their surroundings.