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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