Published : Friday, April 19, 2019 | 5:20 AM
[Updated] An 80- to 100-pound mountain lion was returned to the wild late last night after being found catnapping under the backyard tree of a North Pasadena home late Thursday.
The mountain lion was likely getting his daily rest as mountain lions are nocturnal, said Lt. Kory Collins of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. He was called on the scene, he sedated the mountain lion and then brought him to a veteranarian.
It is actually Collins speaking with press in a video that is posted.
The mountain lion checked out AOK by the Fish and Wildlife veterinarian and Collins brought the cat to the San Gabriel Mountains and stayed with him until he woke up and simply walked away and into the woods, around midnight.
City officials said police were notified just before 5 p.m. and also summoned Pasadena Humane Society officers to the scene, in the 1600 block of Fiske Avenue just west of North Lake Avenue.
The cat appeared to be “bedded down” and didn’t move much as California Highway Patrol and Pasadena police officers secured a perimeter, and police and news choppers circled overhead.
There were unconfirmed reports that the mountain lion had killed and eaten a neighbor’s pet cat. Collins could not confirm that.
The location where the mountain lion was found is about two miles south of the San Gabriel Mountain foothills, a trek which would have required the mountain lion to traverse dozens of streets and pass through many Altadena and Pasadena neighborhoods.
Lt. Collins said it’s not as unusual as it may have appeared to have a mountain lion come into the urban area.
“It happens now and again,” Collins said. “This is the first one this year but definitely it happens.”
Lt. Collins said there could be a few reasons the lion was two miles from the mountains. He said it is not unusual for a mountain lion to wander out either looking for water or seeking out new territory as the males are territorial.
“I don’t know what he was thinking, there are a multitude of reasons, mostly territorial. Then again, he could have been just like being a cat. Cats are curious.”
Local residents expressed surprise.
“First I’ve heard of a mountain lion in this area,” said nearby resident Shannon Lyons, who said she regularly sees skunks and plenty of coyotes.
At about 7:30 p.m., California Department of Fish and Wildlife arrived on the scene.
The animal was given a medical evaluation before being released back into the wild. Collins said there were no injuries to the cat and he appeared healthy but a little on the thin side.