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'Baby' mountain lion cornered in Santa Monica courtyard

May 22, 2012 |  9:22 am

Mountain lion sighting in Santa Monica

State Fish and Game officers were trying to collar a mountain lion that wandered into the courtyard of a Santa Monica office building early Tuesday, startling a janitor and prompting the closure of part of 2nd Street, police said.

The animal, which appeared to be “a baby” weighing about 90 pounds, was reported to police at about 6 a.m., said Lt. Calisse Lindsey. No one was hurt and the cat was “contained” as animal experts worked to capture it.

“It’s basically stuck in the courtyard,” Lindsay said about 8:45 a.m.

As a precaution, police closed 2nd Street to vehicular and pedestrian traffic between Arizona Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.

Lindsay said it’s not unusual for wild animals to stray into the city from the nearby Santa Monica Mountains. She said she's seen deer and raccoons, but the big cat was the first of its kind in her memory.

“Not since I’ve been here,” she said, “and I’ve been here for 24 years.”


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Photo: Mountain lion sighting in Santa Monica. Credit: KTLA-TV