Last Friday evening, a young, dispersing female mountain lion got lost and ended up in the middle of a mobile home park in the Southern California community of Newbury Park.
Residents spotted the lion at approximately 5:30 p.m. and contacted the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Once on scene, Sheriffs Deputies secured a safety perimeter and awaited assistance.
When wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) arrived they found the young lion cowering in fear under a trailer.
"When they shined a flashlight on her, she got scared and crawled deeper under the trailer," said CDFW spokeswoman Janice Mackey, adding that the mountain lion was not aggressive and no injuries related to the animal were reported by area residents.
Newbury Park resident Sherry Kempster spotted the cat walking across her backyard wall.
After tranquilizing the animal, a medical examination conducted on site found that the female lion was around 14-months old, weighed approximately 75-pounds, and was in relatively good shape.
They also discovered the lion had been marked with an ear-tag showing she had previously been monitored by the National Parks Service's research study conducted in the nearby Santa Monica Mountains. She was tagged as P34, one of three kittens born to P19 (mother) and P12 (father) back in October 2013.
Sometime around midnight, after being fitted with a GPS tracking collar, the young lion was released back into the wild.
This marks the sixth capture and release of a mountain lion in an urban area since California's Senate Bill 132 became law on January 1, 2014. Under the new law, mountain lions that wander into populated areas must be handled with non-lethal force. A cat can only be killed if it shows aggression towards the public.
To show your appreciation to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for their professionalism and proper handling of this situation, please send a brief thank you email to CDFW Director Charlton Bonham at firstname.lastname@example.org