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Mountain Lion Removed from Tree in SF’s Bernal Heights

Seen roaming SF’s streets for days, he was safely taken to Oakland Zoo for evaluation
By - posted 5/20/2021 No Comment

A mountain lion that apparently walked the streets of the city for at least the last two days and was spotted in a tree Wednesday night has been tranquilized and safely removed from the area.

California Fish and Wildlife officers responded to Santa Marina Street near Mission Street and shot the animal with a tranquilizer dart shortly after midnight Thursday.

The two year old male mountain lion was taken to the Oakland Zoo where he’ll be given an examination and vaccines, before he’ll be released in a more suitable location.

The lion is presumably the same animal spotted in the city’s Portola and Bernal Heights neighborhoods on Tuesday morning. Animal control officials had posted warning signs on Tuesday, and on Wednesday morning advised residents that the mountain lion might still be in the area.

Surveillance video initially recorded the animal roaming Gaven Street in the city’s Portola District, around 3:50 a.m. Tuesday, according to San Francisco Animal Care and Control officials. Later Tuesday morning, someone reported seeing the mountain lion near Bernal Hill Park.

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