Pixel Tracker

Monday, February 18 , 2019, 1:38 pm | A Few Clouds 57º

 
 
 
 

Mountain Lion Captured, Will Be Returned to Wild

Animal was holed up in the backyard of a home near the Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course

A mountain lion lies tranquilized Monday after wandering into a residential neighborhood near the Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course.
A mountain lion lies tranquilized Monday after wandering into a residential neighborhood near the Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course.  (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)

Click here to see of photo gallery of the mountain lion’s capture.

A mountain lion that wandered into a Santa Barbara neighborhood was tranquilized at midday Monday, several hours after it was spotted, and will be released into Los Padres National Forest.

The big cat was subdued at about 12:10 p.m. by a game warden, who used a city Fire Department ladder truck to gain better access to the animal, which had taken refuge in a backyard in the 200 block of Apple Grove Lane, near the Municipal Golf Course.

The mountain lion ran a short distance after being hit with the tranquilizer dart, but was knocked out by the drugs fairly quickly.

Wildlife officers and a veterinarian then entered the backyard to assess the animal.

Santa Barbara police, animal control and state wildlife officers had been keeping a watchful eye on the estimated 130-pound cat, which was spotted shortly after 7 a.m. by a resident, said police Sgt. Riley Harwood.

The lion was brought out of the backyard in a blue tarp, and placed in a city Animal Control truck.

Veterinarian Karen Blumenshine, who examined the animal, said it was a male, in good health, and probably not very old “because its teeth are nice and white.”

The lion was being taken up to the forest area along Paradise Road in the upper Santa Ynez Valley, according to Animal Control.

Wildlife officers carry a mountain lion to a waiting truck after it was tranquilized Monday after wandering into a Santa Barbara neighborhood. (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)
Wildlife officers carry a mountain lion to a waiting truck after it was tranquilized Monday after wandering into a Santa Barbara neighborhood. (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)

Wildlife officers were assisted on the incident by a Sheriff’s Department helicopter, which had been called in to help track the lion afterwards.

Officials sent out reverse notification calls through the 9-1-1 system to alert neighbors to mountain lion’s presence.

Authorities had been concerned that the big cat might be old or sick, and therefore a threat to humans and pets in the area, said Lt. Paul McCaffrey.

One indication of that, McCaffrey said, was the fact that the animal has not tried to jump the 5-foot chain-link fence between the home and the golf course, something a healthy mountain lion could easily do.

Noozhawk staff writer Giana Magnoli reported from the scene.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

State Fish & Wildlife officers prepared to tranquilize a mountain lion that wandered into a residential neighborhood near the Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course. (Giana Magnoli / Noozhawk photo)
State Fish & Wildlife officers prepared to tranquilize a mountain lion that wandered into a residential neighborhood near the Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course. (Giana Magnoli / Noozhawk photo)

Talk to Us!

Please take Noozhawk's audience survey to help us understand what you expect — and want — from us. It'll take you just a few minutes. Thank you!

Get Started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >