COEXISTENCE OF HUMAN AND ANIMAL IN SANFRANCISCO STREETS
A young mountain lion that had been sleeping in a planter box along a normally busy street and looking at his reflection in the glass of an office tower in downtown San Francisco was safely captured on Thursday and released.
The disoriented cougar roamed the streets for two days until he was spotted by a police officer near Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.
The animal control officials safely captured the 50-pound cat in an apartment building’s green area with lots of shrubbery without the use of sedatives.
The animals come up along the Pacific Coast from the hills south of the city but eventually find their way back to the wilderness.
The officials had been following his movements since Tuesday, when a motorist first reported seeing it in Russian Hill, a neighborhood known for the famously crooked Lombard Street.
Hours later, surveillance cameras recorded it crossing the parking lot of a television station in the Embarcadero. Soon after, it was spotted again in an area of gleaming office towers.
The authorities worried the animal wouldn’t find its way south and asked residents in the area to send in any photos or video of the cat so they could monitor its movements.