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.

sbishop@sfexaminer.com

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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