On September 6, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 132 into law. This groundbreaking legislation (effective January 1, 2014), protects lions that accidentally wander into human-populated areas. Law Enforcement and Wildlife Officers can only kill a lion if it is posing an imminent threat to human life: exhibiting aggressive behavior towards a person that is not due to the presence of first responders. All other situations must be handled with non-lethal force (capturing, pursuing, anesthetizing, temporarily possessing, temporarily injuring, marking, attaching to or surgically implanting monitoring or recognition devices, providing veterinary care, transporting, hazing, rehabilitating, releasing, or taking no action).
The new law (F&G Code 4801.5) also allows CDFW to partner with qualified individuals, educational institutions, government agencies, or nongovernmental organizations to implement nonlethal procedures on a mountain lion.
July 1, 2016
Around 9 AM residents in Oroville spotted a mountain lion tail hanging from a tree. Police and CDFW officers responded. Though it took some time and a few attempts, the 70-pound lion was eventually sedated, cooled with water and ice bags, tagged, and released east of town.
April 15, 2016
After a sighting and lockdown at JFK High School in Granada Hills, a lion was darted in the front yard of a nearby home. LAPD offered great assistance and even helped hose down the cat which became overheated in the sun in the back of a pickup truck before it could be released back into the wild.
February 21, 2016
First spotted near downtown Santa Cruz on the 100 block of Escalona Drive, a mountain lion was tranquilized and returned to its habitat thanks to California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers and the Santa Cruz Police Department.
February 14, 2016
Animal Rescue Team Inc responded to Sycamore Valley Ranch where a scrawny lion kitten was at death's door. Though it took six hours for CDFW to arrive, capture and sedate the lion, he was eventually transported to a veterinarian for emergency care. Unfortunately, the animal later succumbed to his injuries.
December 18, 2015
Wildlife rescuers and CDFW responded to a young mountain lion hanging around Circle Bar B Ranch in Goleta who appeared sick. After hazing attempts failed, the 60 pound female lion was captured and transported to the California Wildlife Care Center in Calabasas for treatment. She was later released into the Santa Ynez Mountain range.
December 9, 2015
A dispersing lion spotted walking across roofs and climbing trees in Pacific Grove eventually fell asleep in a backyard tree on Eardley Avenue. The healthy female was tranquilized, gently lowered, examined and then released back into the wild by CDFW.
November 9, 2015
A patrol deputy spotted a lion kitten roughly five months old in a parking lot near a bowling alley in Los Angeles County. Officers were able to caputre the cat in a net and secure him with a catch pole before being loaded into an animal control vehicle.
September 30, 2015
CDFW responded to reports from drivers in Lucerne Valley of a lion up a power-line pole. Officers monitored the situation and kept crowds from forming to give the lion an avenue for escape. After nightfall, the lion went on its way.
September 17, 2015
Bobbie Carne and her fellow animal rescuers were saving abandoned pets and livestock along the edges of the Butte fire. During their search she and a couple young girls came across a slightly scorched mountain lion kitten. The young cat was taken to CDFW's Wildlife Investigation Laboratory near Sacramento for a medical evaluation.
August 31, 2015
After finding a lion in his auto shop, a mechanic called 911 who notified CDFW. Wardens in Region 5 are experienced at resolving mountain lion encounters, partly due to working with two local lion research projects, and were able to safely tranquilize the cat.
August 3, 2015
After searching for hours, Folsom Police and CDFW located a lion in a backyard. The animal was tranquilized and removed to CDFW's wildlife care facility without incident or threat to the public. The lion was expected to be released back into the wild after undergoing a series of health tests.
May 19, 2015
San Mateo played host to a 15 hour-long game of hide-and-go-seek between the San Mateo Police Department and a young, dispersing mountain lion. The 60 to 80 lb male lion was ultimately tranquilized and transported back to the wild.
April 14, 2015
California's famous Hollywood Lion, P-22, was discovered under a home by workers installing a security system. Attempts to haze him out were unsuccessful but eventually when left alone over night, P-22 returned to Griffith Park.
February 3, 2015
A young, wet lion that may have fallen from a cliff on Montana de Oro State Park was rescued with the help of Cal Fire and CDFW. The weak lion did not need to be tranquilized and was transported to a CDFW vet facility for care.
December 19, 2014
A 14-month-old, 75-pound female mountain lion in Newbury Park was tranquilized while hiding under a trailer. Sheriff's Deputies, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the National Park Service helped to secure the scene, put a tracking collar on the lion, and release her back into the wild.
August 16, 2014
A mountain lion spotted in a Rosamond backyard Friday morning was safely removed by state wildlife officers and returned to suitable habitat, authorities said. Public Information Officer Andrew Hughan said the two-year-old female weighs about 80 pounds and is in pretty good condition.
July 14, 2014
In what may turn out to be a violation of state law, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputies killed a juvenile mountain lion in Rancho Cucamonga (near Los Angeles, California) over the weekend. Sheriff's Spokesperson Cindy Bachman said lethal force was used because deputies don't carry tranquilizers.
June 23, 2014
After a day-long, self-guided tour of residences on the east side of Sacramento, a young, lost mountain lion eventually was captured by members of the Sacramento police force and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The lion was released into the El Dorado foothills.
May 7, 2014
On Tuesday evening, a mountain lion known by researchers as 46M wandered into a parking garage in the city of Mountain View. Located in the southern portion of the San Francisco bay area, the outskirts are home to mountain lions, though they are rarely spotted by local residents.
March 31, 2014
California Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens and local animal control officers tranquilized and captured a 70-pound female mountain lion that had been spotted several times during the day near a hillside, gated retirement community in Mission Viejo, California.
March 30, 2014
A state wildlife expert reacts to criticism after a warden shot and killed a 1-year-old juvenile mountain lion that bared its teeth at a 5-year-old boy on Sunday at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Department of Fish and Wildlife officials made a decision to shoot the cat when they were unable to scare it off.
March 6, 2014
While Fontana police were on the hunt for a lion that preyed on a dog, California Department of Fish and Wildlife was trying to calm down the situation. A CDFW representative stated they did not consider the situation to be a "Public Safety" incident, nor were they involved with the effort to kill the lion.
January 7, 2014
Sheriff Deputies eventually found what turned out to be a 15-pound lion kitten hiding in the backyard bushes of a Buellton residence. They contained the situation and personnel from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife arrived on scene to tranquilize and remove the lion kitten.