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Mountain lion’ on security camera turns out to be cat: police

Just a false alarm!

California residents were nervous after police alerted them to a mountain lion sighting captured on a neighbor’s security camera – however, it turned out to just be a big domestic cat.

The South San Francisco Police Department released a statement informing residents of the false alarm after realizing what they thought was a mountain lion was simply “a big cat.”

The big cat, initially believed to be a mountain lion, is seen here on the neighbor’s RING camera. Instagram

“We were able to confirm that the feline was not a puma,” police announced on social media. “We are pleased to report that there is no potential threat to the neighborhood. It’s a BIG cat! » the police department made it clear.

Early on the morning of March 26, around 7 a.m., a South San Francisco resident informed police that he had seen a mountain lion on a Ring camera roaming his fence.

Officers arrived on scene to thoroughly check the area, but reported no findings of what the resident feared was a mountain lion.

Police issued a statement informing residents that the animal was just a “big cat.” Luciano Mortula-LGM – stock.adobe.com

Located just 10 miles from San Francisco, South San Francisco is no stranger to mountain lions native to California’s San Francisco Bay Area.

Area residents are constantly on alert for mountain lions, with an estimated 4,500 of the big cats spread across the state, according to the California Mountain Lion Project at UC Davis, the San Francisco reported Chronicle.

Mountain lion encounters with humans are rare in California, but attacks can occur.

Mountain lions are native to California’s San Francisco Bay area, with approximately 4,500 big cats spread across the state, according to the California Mountain Lion Project at UC Davis. P.A.

The last recorded attack was in September 2022, when a 7-year-old child was bitten by a mountain lion at Pico Canyon Park, located in Los Angeles County, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“We would like to remind our residents to avoid mountain lions, even from a distance, a brief glimpse should be alarming,” South San Francisco police still warned, despite the recent panic.

“If you are confronted by a mountain lion, make your presence known; make noise, try to appear bigger and back away slowly,” they added.

Social media users laughed a bit at the scare, with some California residents familiar with mountain lion sightings joking about the Ring camera footage.

“I’ve seen a lot of mountain lions, but it’s just a big house cat,” read a comment under the police post of the house cat on Facebook.

“If that’s what she considered a mountain lion, I hate to see what she would consider my house cats!” another person joked.

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