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California mountain lion caught using thermal imaging drone

October 30, 2018
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California wildlife officials say a mountain lion was tranquilized near an office park in Pleasanton, east of Oakland. Officials said they planned to examine the animal and release him to the wild. (Oct. 30)
California wildlife officials say a mountain lion was tranquilized near an office park in Pleasanton, east of Oakland. Officials said they planned to examine the animal and release him to the wild. (Oct. 30)

PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) — A mountain lion roaming the parking lot of a busy office complex in the eastern San Francisco Bay suburbs has been tranquilized and removed with some high-tech help.

Police in Pleasanton, California, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers used a drone with thermal imaging cameras to track the puma, which appears to be about a year old and healthy at about 80 pounds. It took four tranquilizer darts to bring him down.

Fish and Wildlife Lt. Clayton Garrett said they were in a hurry to get the job done so that the animal could be released in a more suitable wilderness area.

He said what they didn’t want is for him to wake up while they’re driving him out to a safer spot.

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