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San Mateo Man Shoots Gun to Scare Off Mountain Lion: Police

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    A San Mateo man attempted to scare a mountain lion spotted in his neighborhood by firing his gun into the ground, police said. Michelle Roberts reports. (Published Tuesday, May 19, 2015)

    A San Mateo man attempted to scare a mountain lion spotted in his neighborhood by firing his gun into the ground, police said.

    The shooting was reported Monday when police and Department of Fish and Wildlife officials were investigating reports of mountain lion sightings in downtown San Mateo. The mountain lion was eventually located, tranquilized and later released to its original habitat later that night.

    Ruth Price saw the 90-pound mountain lion on her apartment patio.

    "He was long, brown and had a long tail," she said. "He jumped over the fence, through the trees and over the gates."

    Crews Capture Mountain Lion in San Mateo

    [BAY] Crews Capture Mountain Lion in San Mateo
    A mountain lion that was on the loose in San Mateo was captured by police and California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials late Monday. Jean Elle reports.
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    Price's husband, Barto, is the man suspected of shooting the gun.

    "I guess he thought if he came back again, he probably would have shot at it because  it is running around and you have the park over here with the kids and dogs," Price said.

    Officers confiscated the weapon after the shooting. Police said the case will be reviewed by the District Attorney's Office.

    "His explanation was he thought he was trying to scare off the mountain lion," said Rick Decker of the San Mateo Police Department. "Unfortunately, in light of the circumstance, it was poor judgment."

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    [BAY] RAW VIDEO: Department of Fish and Wildlife Capture Mountain Lion in San Mateo
    Raw footage from the NBC Bay Area helicopter showing the California Department of Fish and Wildlife capturing and transporting a mountain lion that was on the loose in San Mate on Monday, May 18, 2015.
    (Published Monday, May 18, 2015)

    The search for the mountain lion prompted street closures and police to ask residents to shelter in place.

    Fish and Wildlife officials said the mountain lion is healthy, but a little woozy from the tranquilizer. Experts said it is unlikely the animal will return to the area.

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