PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — A mountain lion and cub have been noticed in a one hundred-foot-tall redwood tree in Palo Alto Thursday morning, however haven’t been seen since in line with police.
Police stated the decision got here at 6:20 a.m. from a resident within the 1700 block of Webster Road.
Palo Alto police, animal management officers and regional park rangers are patrolling the streets and preserving an eye fixed out for them.
Coincidentally, it was a person skilled with the large cats was the one that noticed them in his yard.
“This specific resident has expertise up to now with truly radio-collaring mountain lions, so we have now little or no doubt as to his credibility for what this animal truly is,” stated Palo Alto Police Capt. Zach Perron.
Police say the massive cats come down from the hills into the town by strolling by way of creek beds, however this case is uncommon and extra harmful.
“It’s not only one animal we’re coping with,” stated Perron. “It’s two, and it might be one which’s extra inclined to be protecting of its younger.”
The world the place the animals have been noticed is a closely residential space and in addition close to faculties together with Walter Hays Elementary. Mother and father have been suggested to drive their youngsters to high school as a precaution as authorities seemed for the cats.
Some locals have been left on edge.
“On this space, there are such a lot of youngsters who bike and households that bike collectively. There’s such a mass quantity,” stated space resident Jill Johnson.
Nevertheless, others felt protected due to the elevated patrols.
“I wasn’t in any respect involved a few mountain lion attacking us given the police presence. That was very reassuring,” stated Palo Alto resident Margaret Chai Maloney.
The California Division of Fish and Wildlife has additionally been notified to help within the search.
Authorities plan to proceed patrolling the part of Webster Road for the remainder of the afternoon, partially out of concern for the security of youngsters attending faculty within the space.
Palo Alto police says residents can comply with their Twitter account at http://www.twitter.com/PaloAltoPolice for updates on the state of affairs.
Police advise anybody who sees a mountain lion to name 911.