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A young mountain lion captured in
Monday to a big cat rescue facility based in
expected to live out the remainder of its life in captivity.
The approximately 6-month-old female mountain lion was one of two
found perched in a backyard tree in east Redlands on Thursday morning
near Crafton Elementary School.
in their tree.
The backyard looks across the Zanja to
which was locked down as a precaution after the mountain lions were
around the mountain lions to ensure they didn't present a threat and
waited for state Fish and Game officers to arrive.
At one point, after about 30 minutes, both cats climbed down from the
tree and headed east along the Zanja. One of the animals escaped into
the county area near
put on lockdown as a precaution.
The other cat climbed another nearby pepper tree where it perched on
a branch, quietly observing the increasing activity around it as
police, animal control and Fish and Game officers were joined by
curious neighbors and journalists.
Eventually, Animal Control and Fish and Game officers were able to
tranquilize the cat, which was tagged and taken to the Redlands
The female mountain lion, estimated to be about 6 months old and
weighing 50 to 60 pounds, was held at the shelter through the
On Monday, Fish and Game officials transferred the animal to Lions,
Tigers and Bears, a nonprofit big cat rescue facility based in
home can be found.
Fish and Game officials say that while the mountain lion is healthy,
it is too young to be safely released into the wild and hasn't even
developed its adult teeth. Typically, mountain lion cubs remain with
their mothers until they are about 18 months old, said Kevin Brennan,
a wildlife biologist with the Department of Fish and Game.
Being raised in captivity, the animal will not be releasable into the
wild even once it reaches adulthood, said Brennan.
The second mountain lion, believed to be another young cat, was
sighted later Thursday evening near the intersection of
Redlands Police and Fish and Game officials attempted to capture the
animal, but it escaped into the nearby orange groves after being shot
with a tranquilizer and could not be located.
There have been several confirmed mountain lion sightings in
since May 2001.
Of the hundreds of mountain lion sightings reported statewide
annually, fewer than 3 percent are considered safety threats.
According to the Department of Fish and Game, mountain lion attacks
on humans are rare. There have been only 15 verified mountain lion
attacks on humans in
last documented attack occurred in June 2004 in
While there have been several sightings in Redlands over the past six
years, there have been no reports of mountain lion attacks on humans
in San Bernardino County.
More information is available at the Department of Fish and Game's
website at www.dfg.ca.gov <http://www.dfg.
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