Mountain lion captured in Brentwood after evading officers


A big mountain lion that evaded wildlife officers for hours after it meandered into Brentwood on Thursday morning has been captured.

The younger grownup cougar had moved round close to the Brentwood Nation Membership as officers tried to dart or tranquilize the animal to maneuver it into the “nearest appropriate habitat,” stated Tim Daly, a spokesperson for the California Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Shortly after 4 p.m., division officers captured the cat throughout the road from the nation membership, Daly stated.

Earlier makes an attempt to dart the lion “didn’t take,” Daly stated, explaining that an agitated animal is much less prone to settle for the tranquilizing medication.

As makes an attempt to seize the mountain lion continued by the afternoon, San Vicente Boulevard shut down in each instructions and a close-by elementary faculty sheltered in place. Somebody first noticed the cat simply after 10 a.m. Thursday, calling the Los Angeles Police Division, stated company spokesperson Melissa Podany.

Brentwood Science Magnet, a Ok-5 faculty, sheltered in place simply earlier than 11 a.m., stated Los Angeles Unified Faculty District spokesperson Nina Buranasombati. Officers from L.A. Animal Companies and the L.A. Faculty Police Division had been on scene, together with the wildlife officers, she stated.

Daly stated “wildlife battle specialists” with the state company responded Thursday afternoon. Their principal concern is all the time public security at any time when such a predator enters communities, he stated.

Earlier Thursday, the animal was mendacity down subsequent to a Division of Water and Energy constructing on the nook of San Vicente Boulevard and South Gretna Inexperienced Means, on the northwest nook of Brentwood Nation Membership, Podany stated.

“It’s form of chilling subsequent to a constructing beneath a tree,” Podany stated Thursday morning.

Tiffany Yap, a senior scientist on the Middle for Organic Range, reminded people who cougars are inclined to keep away from houses, faculties and locations the place there are individuals.

“It is likely to be alarming for some to see wildlife of their neighborhoods, but it surely’s the mountain lion who’s essentially the most scared,” Yap stated. “After they do make an look, it’s actually because what’s left of their habitat has been misplaced or fragmented by roads and growth.”

It was not instantly clear the place the mountain lion had come from, however Brentwood isn’t removed from the Santa Monica Mountains, the place lots of the huge cats roam. There was a current recognizing of a mountain lion close to Griffith Park, believed to be the celebrity-caliber cat P-22.

Occasions photographer Wally Skalij contributed to this report.

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