Mountain Lion Roaming San Francisco Bernal Heights Neighborhood Brought To Oakland Zoo

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Shortly after midnight last night, Oakland Zoo took in a two-year-old male Mountain lion captured in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. This male marks the 16th mountain lion rescue for the Zoo through their Bay Area Cougar Action Team (BACAT) alliance

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Dr. Alex Herman, Vice President of Veterinary Services

We take pride in doing our part to help rescue and protect animals in the wild, through our partnerships and collaboration with CDFW, Bay Area Puma Project, and the San Francisco Police Department

Oakland Zoo assisted with the rescue of a two-year-old male mountain lion found in San Francisco this morning by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CADFW) officers. He was transported to Oakland Zoo for a temporary stay while receiving a complete exam, bloodwork, and preventative care vaccines.

Mr. Handsome, unofficially named by Oakland Zoo veterinary staff, was placed in a holding area of the Zoo's Veterinary Hospital overnight until examinations this morning. He was determined to have a total bill of health- strong, hydrated, and at a healthy weight of 98.5 lbs. He was treated for internal and external parasites (common in wildlife) and given vaccinations during his exam.

'Long-range travel' into urban neighborhoods isn't out of the ordinary for mountain lions of this age. Mountain lions are long-ranging species known to exhibit 'dispersing behavior', causing them to travel long distances searching for food, good homes, and mates.

"We take pride in doing our part to help rescue and protect animals in the wild, through our partnerships and collaboration with CDFW, Bay Area Puma Project, and the San Francisco Police Department” says Dr. Herman, Vice President of Veterinary Services at Oakland Zoo.

Mr. Handsome is currently on his way to be released in a rural, unpopulated area of Santa Clara County by CDFW, to continue living freely in the wild.

Mountain lions face numerous threats in California, often struck by cars, killed with depredation permits, and illegal poaching. These factors culminate in the human-wildlife conflict, putting them at odds with humans, encroaching urban areas and developments. Oakland Zoo partners with conservation organizations like the Mountain Lion Foundation and the Bay Area Puma Project to educate the public on the issue and help conserve the species in the wild.

Oakland Zoo helped found BACAT (Bay Area Cougar Action Team) in 2013, an alliance with the Bay Area Puma Project and the Mountain Lion Foundation, to help support the CADFW to save mountain lions caught in the human-wildlife conflict.

Contact:
Erin Harrison
Oakland Zoo
eharrison@oaklandzoo.org
Office: 510-632-9525 ext. 120
Cell: 415-601-1619

Isabella Linares
Oakland Zoo
ilinares@oaklandzoo.org
Office: 510-632-9525 ext. 239
Cell: 650 – 776 -9589

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ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO AND THE CONSERVATION SOCIETY OF CALIFORNIA:
Oakland Zoo, home to more than 850 native and exotic animals, is managed by the Conservation Society of California (CSC); a non-profit organization leading an informed and inspired community to take action for wildlife locally and globally. With over 25 conservation partners and projects worldwide, the CSC is committed to conservation-based education and saving species and their habitats in the wild. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the national organization that sets the highest standards for animal welfare for zoos and aquariums.

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