Lions And Zoos

Law enforcement shoots and captures a mountain lion in Hollister

He is transported to the Oakland Zoo.

This article was written by BenitoLink intern Juliana Luna

Authorities shoot and capture a mountain lion in Hollister on August 26 around 10 a.m. The mountain lion is transported to the Oakland Zoo.

According to a police news release, at around 4:42 a.m., a resident of the 1400 block Diablo Drive called to report a mountain lion on their porch. Police requested assistance from Fish and Wildlife, who dispatched two wildlife officers to the scene equipped with tranquilizer drugs and an air dart gun.

According to the statement, the police department issued a shelter-in-place order via a reverse 9-1-1 call and social media post, and evacuated the residence immediately adjacent to the adult animal. .

CDFW Information Officer Ken Paglia told BenitoLink that initially the puma was not considered a threat since it was not acting aggressively and wildlife officers attempted to tranquilize the lion to reassess it in its habitat.

Police said following unsuccessful attempts to reassure him, the cougar charged from the bush directly towards a policeman who was posted in an effort to contain it.

“Fearing for the life and safety of the officer, two officers fired their rifles at the puma,” the statement said. “The cougar jumped a fence to a nearby yard and retreated to another bush, where Fish and Wildlife administered additional tranquilizer medication directly to the animal. After administration of this drug, the puma was successfully sedated and safely removed from the area.

Police added that it was determined that the puma had suffered at least one bullet to the abdomen. After a teleconference with a California state veterinarian, it was determined that the animal would be transported to the Oakland Zoo for treatment.

Paglia said the puma was tranquilized around 10 a.m. and sent to the Oakland Zoo about 30 minutes later.

The Oakland Zoo did not respond to BenitoLink’s call about the puma’s status.

Police said they involved Fish and Wildlife out of concern and concern for the puma, and attempted to remove it from a residential area safely, but also knew it was a life-threatening situation for residents. .

“We are extremely grateful for their assistance,” police said. “Ultimately, however, we couldn’t place animal life above human life, which is why officers fired their guns at the scene.”

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