California's latest mountain lion rescue took place Sunday afternoon near Santa Cruz. See the video HERE, and please leave your thanks on Facebook to Fish and Wildlife for making the right decision to relocate this lion back to its natural habitat.
Near downtown, the mountain lion had been spotted in the 100 block of Escalona Drive on Saturday.
Department of Fish and Wildlife units worked with Santa Cruz police to locate the lion. Fish and Wildlife staff tranquilized the animal and set it free in its natural habitat.
Since 2013 when the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFW) changed their guidelines and Mountain Lion Foundation helped pass enabling legislation (SB132) with Senator Jerry Hill, nearly a dozen mountain lions have been successfully relocated in California.
Under previous guidelines, wardens were given no choice but to kill the lion if it was in a human occupied area.
Here at Mountain Lion Foundation, we only wish that other states would adopt similar guidelines.
Bay Area relocation efforts are assisted by the efforts of BACAT, a model program being developed by MLF, Oakland Zoo, Felidae, CDFW and other organizations and individuals to create standard protocols for responding to lions that wander into towns and cities.
The Santa Cruz Puma Project has been tracking mountain lions in the area since 2008. This was not one of their collared cats.
Lions benefit by nearby research activities and response teams because skilled professionals and tools such as cages and tranquilizers are nearby. Also, property owners are well known, and the location of territories occupied by other lions are better understood.
Thank you California and CDFW for making the right decisions to treat our big cats as an important part of ecosystems!
How YOU Can Help
Don't forget to see the video HERE, and leave your thanks on Facebook to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for their efforts to relocate this lion back to its natural habitat.