Mountain lion takes daylight stroll through California neighborhood

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March 2 (UPI) -- Residents of a California city were warned of an unusual danger when a mountain lion took a daylight tour of a neighborhood before settling in to relax on the porch of a home.

The mountain lion was spotted early Monday wandering near Country Club Lane and Mill Street in Selma.


Police said a caller initially insisted there was a tiger on the loose in the area, but a video captured by a resident identified the animal as a mountain lion.

"The original call did come out as they believed it was a tiger and they were adamant it was a tiger," Selma police Cmdr. Rene Garza told KSEE/KGPE.

The feline wandered through yards for several hours before climbing onto the front porch of a home.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife tranquilized the cougar when it trapped itself in a resident's courtyard. The animal was taken to be examined by a veterinarian.

The mountain lion was released back into the wild in the Kings National Forest, officials said.

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