Mountain Lion Captured in Ventura County Trailer Park, Then Released

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A mountain lion that made its way into a Ventura County neighborhood was tranquilized and released into the wild, officials said Saturday.


The 14-month-old female mountain lion was captured in a Ventura County mobile home community and released by California Department of Fish and Wildlife. (Credit: Sherry Kempster)

The 75-pound female cat was spotted about 5:30 p.m. Friday by residents of a mobile home community in Newbury Park, and officials with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife found the animal hiding under a trailer, said department spokeswoman Janice Mackey.

“When they shined a flashlight on her, she got scared and crawled deeper under the trailer,” said Mackey, adding that the mountain lion was not aggressive. No injuries related to the animal were reported by area residents.

The 14-month-old cat probably became lost after separating from family and searching for territory to call her own – a pattern of behavior known as dispersal, Mackey said.

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