Mountain lion tranquilized inside California building

March 23, 2022 GMT

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — A mountain lion was tranquilized Tuesday after it wandered into an industrial park and then entered a building in Southern California, a wildlife official said.

The cougar was at the property in Irvine when it was spooked by something and ran through an open door into the building, said Rebecca Barboza, a biologist with the California Fish and Wildlife Department.

People inside the building were able to scramble out, but the big cat had no way of leaving and was tranquilized, Barboza said.

The animal was transported to a veterinary clinic to be checked out and tagged for future tracking, she said.

The mountain lion will be released in a habitat with plenty of space, a water source, and near deer, the Orange County Register reported. The department does not give specific locations for where they release animals, for the animal’s safety.

Last weekend, a different cougar, one that had already been tagged, was spotted taking a swim in Orange County’s Lake Mission Viejo after spending some time outside a nearby home, the Register said.