Officials with the Department of Fish and Game killed a mountain lion that was hiding in the backyard of a Redwood City home on Tuesday morning. The big cat was first spotted on Whipple Avenue and Alameda de las Pulgas, and wildlife authorities conducted a search throughout the neighborhood to find it.
Normally, it would have been shot with a tranquilizer dart, but given where it was found and the apparent mood of the animal, it was decided that it would be too risky to take the shot. If they miss, officials explained, they risked aggravating the animal, which was less than 20 feet from the home of Wally and Cherie Oliver.
The Olivers hid in their home during the incident but witnessed the removal of the animal. They described it as weighing about a hundred pounds, adding, “It was a big cat.”