Lions And Zoos

Mountain lion seen in Pacifica’s backyard eating pet chicken

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An image of a mountain lion in California.

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A mountain lion has been seen in a backyard in Pacifica, gorging on a pet chicken, police say.

Pacifica police arrived at a house in Valencia Way on Sunday morning just after 7:30 a.m., according to a police press release, and found an “adult mountain lion about 30 meters” behind the house, standing in the yard, eating the pet chicken after stealing it from the owner’s co-op.

After the cougar consumed the chicken, police monitored the animal for at least two hours, the statement said. An officer from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is also said to have arrived to speak with the owner. The mountain lion fled the area around 9.45 a.m., police said.

“The mountain lion did not appear to pose a threat to human life,” police said in the statement. Still, neighbors have been urged to avoid their backyards and not to bring animals near the area.

Mountain lions are a constant in Pacifica and throughout the Bay Area, with at least three other confirmed sightings in Pacifica this year alone. In 2020, a viral video showed a mountain lion cub apparently keeping tabs on a group of children biking outside of Pacifica. Another mountain lion cub is also said to have killed three marsupials – two wallaroos and a red kangaroo – at the San Francisco Zoo in 2020.

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