Mountain lion captured and transported to a licensed facility Tuesday
The juvenile mountain lion that was spotted last week around Montanoso and Serenata was captured early Tuesday.
Mission Viejo Animal Services (MVAS) working with California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) had tracked the juvenile lion since last Thursday. The lion, which appeared to be healthy, was confirmed to be young, weighing about 70 pounds. Adults typically weigh 100-120 pounds. CDFW biologists transported the cat to a licensed facility for further evaluation.
“We are so grateful to our partners at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and CDFW for all their support with this matter,” said Mission Viejo Animal Services Manager Michelle Claud-Clemente. “MVAS is extremely happy about this positive outcome for both our community and the wildlife that shares it with us. We could not have had such a great outcome without everyone working together … It’s good to remember we live in mountain lion country, and although it’s uncommon for them to come near humans, it can happen. Being knowledgeable can help keep you and our amazing local wildlife stay safe.”
MVAS will provide updates on the status of the mountain lion captured today as they become available from CDFW, which has jurisdiction over all wildlife in California.
Thank goodness that it was captured unharmed.