Mountain Lion Spotted Near Highway 101 in Petaluma: Police

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A mountain lion spotted east of U.S. Highway 101 in Petaluma on Tuesday night was seen again Wednesday morning, according to police.

Petaluma police initially issued an alert at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday about the sighting reported east of the highway and south of Corona Road.

Shortly after 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, the animal was seen west of Hill Boulevard and about 90 minutes later it was seen in the hillside beyond Hayes Lane.

“It was a huge cat,” said a woman who caught the mountain lion in her back yard security camera. “I was a little excited, my husband came over and said 'that's a mountain lion,’ which I knew but I couldn't find the words.”

She says it looks like the mountain lion jumped her back fence and walked in her herb garden, circled the yard and then jumped the front fence, and left.

“It's a little bit scary. I was not expecting it,” she said. “I'm gonna look out the window a little longer before I walk out the door.”

If the mountain lion is seen in residential areas again, people are asked to call Petaluma police and should avoid the animal.

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