Earlier this week, Petaluma, California, spotted a cougar wandering nearby for the second time, prompting police to issue safety warnings to nearby residents.
The police told people in the area to stay inside and call them if they come into contact with cougars.
Saturday’s sighting happened a few days after the police spotted a large cat wandering in the area on Wednesday. On that day, the wildlife agency and the Petaluma police were on alert after local residents reported multiple times of mountain lions. It was not clear on Saturday whether the last big cat witnessed involved the same animal.
“If you see it again in a residential area, please contact the Petaluma police station. Always be careful around wild animals and stay away,” the police station Said in a statement on Wednesday.
Petaluma resident Joe Luchok told CBS SF, he saw a mountain lion on Wednesday and was able to capture the animal from a home security camera.
“This is great,” Luchok said of what happened on Wednesday. “My wife first saw it from the window on the street and thought it was a big dog. I immediately called 911.”
He said that in the video, the puma “comes along this road from the side of the house and climbs over the fence.”
Ken Paglia of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife told CBS SF that encountering a puma was “beautiful and terrifying.”
“They are amazing creatures, they are beautiful. At the same time, we are born to know that mountain lions are dangerous creatures,” he added. Paglia said that sightings of mountain lions closer to residential areas are more common during warmer months.
“This is only that time of year,” he said. “At this time of year, young male cougars will be driven out by their mothers. They must find new territory.”
At the end of May, another cougar Made headlines After it was found wandering the streets of San Francisco’s Portola and Bernal Heights neighborhoods for two days.Later lion Found hiding in a tree It is taken by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and released into the appropriate environment.
A week later, a cougar Break through the glass window of a home in San Bruno, California, And allegedly tried to “hunt” the taxidermy wild animals on the walls of the houses.
The San Bruno Police Department said of the incident: “Although it is quite common to see mountain lions in Northern California, this type of incident is unusual.” The press release added: “Mountain lions generally pose little threat to humans , Usually avoids any human interaction.”
The police have provided residents with additional tips to reduce their exposure to mountain lions in California, including paying close attention to children and pets, installing outdoor lights on their property, and clearing dense vegetation around the house.