Animal officials ‘contain’ mountain lion in SF neighborhood

Animal officials have “contained” a mountain lion for the first time in recent San Francisco history after the big cat was spotted in the Diamond Heights neighborhood.

The animal was reported contained as of 1:55 p.m. Friday after a resident reported seeing the feline snoozing in a yard at Duncan and Diamond streets at about 9:45 a.m., said Deb Campbell, a spokesperson for Animal Care & Control.

The mountain lion was tranquilized and removed to be relocated by state animal officials, Campbell said.

In addition to Animal Care & Control officers, the San Francisco Police Department, Recreation and Park Department and California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials have responded to the scene.

Campbell said there has never before been an actual encounter with a mountain lion in San Francisco in the nearly two decades she has worked at Animal Care & Control.

“We’ve had confirmed sightings, but nothing quite like this,” Campbell said. “We see security footage and hear about [them], but we don’t see them.”

In fact, at least two other mountain lion sightings were reported this week — one in the Sea Cliff neighborhood, and one near China Beach.

Campbell said the carnivorous cat will likely be relocated to mountain lion territory, which is actually more than half of California. Mountain lions generally exist wherever deer are found, and tend to be solitary and elusive.

They also typically avoid humans.

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

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