UPDATE: Mountain lion that hid in bushes released into wild

Puma was found hunkered down near an office complex by Hopyard Road

A mountain lion that had been hunkered down near an office complex in Pleasanton on Monday was released into the wild early Tuesday morning, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman said.

Pleasanton police called Fish and Wildlife officials for assistance after the big cat was spotted near the complex near Hopyard Road and West Las Positas Boulevard at about 2 p.m. Monday because the agency has the authority, expertise and equipment to handle such situations, agency spokesman Patrick Foy said.

Hopyard Road was closed in both directions for several hours after the mountain lion was spotted, Pleasanton police said.

Fish and Wildlife officials had to shoot the mountain lion with tranquilizer darts four times to completely sedate it because it was behind bushes and they couldn't get a clear shot at it, Foy said.

The mountain later was taken to a wilderness area and ran off at about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, he said.

Mountain lions show up in populated areas on a fairly regular basis but the one that showed up in Pleasanton on Monday got more news coverage than most and stories about it were carried by news organizations throughout the U.S. and even in England, Foy said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 30, 2018 at 7:44 pm

This animal was released about five hours after it was removed from the Hopyard and las Positas Business park, seems to indicate it was released in its nearby familiar habitat.

I believe this animal wandered into the business park through one of the many Arroyos that are in the city.

I have seen bob cats in the Arroyos while jogging along the Arroyos.

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Posted by Not sure
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 6, 2018 at 4:29 pm

Not sure is a registered user.

I moved here from FL and there the problem is black bears - they are everywhere and are increasingly drawn to neighborhoods by the smell of food. In many areas it is now required that you have bear proof trash cans to try to eliminate part of the problem - them getting into trash cans. When one is found in a residential neighborhood, it is tagged and taken at least 50 miles away and released into the wild. If it makes it back to the same neighborhood for a total of three times; it is destroyed; the theory being that it will never stay away if it makes its way back that far that many times. Has this been tried here? Are these animals endangered here? It seems extraordinarily dangerous to me to have them in residential/business areas and in areas where people jog and not try to do something permanent to get rid of them.

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