Mountain Lion Spotted In Fairfield

Authorties tranquilized the big cat but it managed to escape

Sunday, Dec 21, 2008  |  Updated 7:39 AM PDT
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Mountain Lion Spotted In Fairfield

Associated Press

Sheriff's Lt. Ray Lunny said the mountain lion was seen near the fire station in the area near Tower and Polhemus roads around 8:15 a.m.

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Authorities are searching for a mountain lion that was spotted in the backyard of a Fairfield home early Saturday morning, according to the Police Department.

At about 12:25 a.m., a resident in the 2400 block of Merion Court reported that their dog chased a mountain lion up a tree in their backyard.

Officers arrived and saw it perched in the tree. They surrounded the tree and called Yolo County Animal Control Services officials who tried to tranquilize the cougar.

After three tranquilizers, the mountain lion fell out of the tree and ran eastbound on a nearby road, where its footprints were spotted.

The Fairfield Police Department, Solano County Sheriff's Office, Solano County Humane Animal Services, California Highway Patrol, and Yolo County Animal Control Services authorities searched the area but could not locate the animal.

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