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

Just after midnight last night, Oakland Zoo took in a two-year-old male mountain lion captured in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. This male marks the 16th rescue of a mountain lion for the zoo by the Alliance of the Bay Area Cougar Action Team (BACAT)

OAKLAND. Calif., May 20, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Oakland Zoo helped rescue a two-year-old male mountain lion found in San Francisco this morning by officials at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CADFW). He was taken to the Oakland Zoo for a temporary stay while he received a full exam, blood tests, and vaccines for preventative care.

Mr. Handsome, unofficially named by Oakland Zoo’s veterinary staff, was taken to a holding area of ​​the zoo’s veterinary hospital overnight pending examinations this morning. He was determined to have a total bill of healthy, hydrated, and a healthy weight of 98.5 pounds. He was treated for internal and external parasites (often found in wildlife) and vaccinated during his examination.

Long distance travel in neighborhoods is not uncommon for mountain lions of this time. Mountain lions are far-reaching species that are known to exhibit “dispersal behaviors” that result in them traveling long distances in search of food, good homes, and mates.

“We are proud to do our part to save and protect wildlife through our partnerships and collaboration with CDFW, the Bay Area Puma Project and the San Francisco Police Department, “said Dr. Herman, vice president of veterinary services at Oakland Zoo.

Mr Handsome is currently on his way to be released from in a rural, uninhabited area Santa Clara County from CDFW to continue living free in the wild.

Mountain lions are exposed to numerous threats California, often hit by cars, killed with expropriation permits and illegally poached. These factors culminate in a conflict between humans and animals, which brings them into conflict with humans and interferes with urban areas and developments. Oakland Zoo works with conservation organizations like the Mountain Lion Foundation and the Bay Area Puma Project to educate the public about the issue and help protect species in the wild.

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The Oakland Zoo helped establish BACAT (Bay Area Cougar Action Team), an alliance with the Bay Area Puma Project and the Mountain Lion Foundation, in 2013 to help CADFW rescue mountain lions that are in conflict between humans and Animal are trapped.

Erin Harrison
Oakland Zoo
Office: 510-632-9525 ext 120
Cell: 415-601-1619

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Oakland Zoo
Office: 510-632-9525 ext 239
Cell: 650-776-9589


The Oakland Zoo, home to more than 850 native and exotic animals, is managed by the Conservation Society of California (CSC); A nonprofit that leads an informed and inspired community to take action on wildlife locally and globally. With over 25 nature conservation partners and projects worldwide, the CSC is committed to nature conservation-based education and the rescue of 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 in zoos and aquariums.

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Isabella Linares placeholder image, Oakland Zoo, 5106329525, ilinares@oaklandzoo.org

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