Mountain lion shot, killed in backyard in Redwood City

Authorities shot and killed a mountain lion that they cornered in a backyard after it wandered into a Redwood City neighborhood Tuesday morning.

Police received a report at about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday of a mountain lion in the area of Alameda de las Pulgas and Whipple Avenue, according to a city press release.

As police responded, city officials also sent out automated phone calls to residents in the area notifying them of the sighting and urging them to use caution.

Officers who arrived on scene set up a perimeter to contain the animal to a single backyard, officials said. Police also visited 10 to 12 nearby homes and residents were either safely inside or not at home.

At 10:30 a.m., the big cat was still contained to a single backyard and police were working with California Department of Fish and Game officials on a way to remove the animal from the area, officials said.

Sometime after 11 a.m., residents reported hearing between one and three gunshots.

Fish and Game Lt. Todd Ajari said the department prefers to tranquilize wild animals if the location is conducive to it and officials can get a clear shot. In Tuesday's case, officials were forced to kill the mountain lion because it was cornered in a residential area, he said.

No injuries to humans were reported, and all the residents were safely returned to their homes, Fish and Game said.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

Bay Area NewsLocalPeninsulaRedwood CitySan Francisco

Just Posted

A collaborative workspace for a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) in Coordinape is pictured at a recent blockchain meet up at Atlas Cafe. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Business without bosses: San Francisco innovators battle bureaucracy with blockchain

‘The next generation will work for three DAOs at the same time’

Plan Bay Area 2050 is an expansive plan guiding the region’s growth and development over the next three decades. The regional plan addresses progressive policy priorities like a universal basic income and a region-wide rent cap, alongside massive new spending on affordable housing and transportation infrastructure. (Shutterstock)
Plan Bay Area 2050: Analyzing an extensive regional plan that covers the next 30 years

Here are the big ticket proposals in the $1.4 trillion proposal

Pregnant women are in the high-risk category currently prioritized for booster shots in San Francisco. (Unai Huizi/Shutterstock)
What pregnant women need to know about COVID and booster shots

Inoculations for immunosuppressed individuals are recommended in the second trimester

Examiner reporter Ben Schneider drives an Arcimoto Fun Utility Vehicle along Beach Street in Fisherman’s Wharf on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Could San Francisco’s tiny tourist cruisers become the cars of the future?

‘Fun Utility Vehicles’ have arrived in The City

Most Read