On the morning of July 1, 2016, residents in Oroville (about sixty miles north of Sacramento) spotted a mountain lion lounging in a tree near the intersection of Greenville and Myers Street.
Oroville Police and California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers responded. Though it took some time and a few attempts, the lion was eventually sedated. The hot weather and drugs can cause an animal to overheat, so officers cooled the 70 pound cat with water and ice bags.
Neighbors applauded the officers for their calm and professional handling of the situation.
The mountain lion was loaded into a trailer and CDFW Captain Patrick Foy reported the cat was tagged and released into a remote area east of town that evening.