Mountain lion slinks into San Francisco, seen draw Salesforce Tower

A younger mountain lion spent Tuesday morning wandering around downtown San Francisco and having a survey none too pleased about it.

The puma was seen on Russian Hill shortly after hour of darkness and, some hours later, was seen draw the Embarcadero and Broadway on the northern waterfront and nonetheless draw Salesforce Tower within the South of Market region, consistent with biologist Zara McDonald of the Bay State Puma Project.

McDonald studied photography that had been supplied on a Twitter put up, from a TV station and from a photographer. They all confirmed a terrified animal that had maybe left its mother’s facet in northern San Mateo County rather too early.

“It regarded about 15 months outdated,” McDonald acknowledged. “Healthy and younger and searching out for to get out of city. Clearly perplexed.”

The first photography had been supplied by Twitter poster Fernando Robles who wrote that he “lost visual contact draw the intersection of Greenwich and Jones” streets. His video, shot from his automobile, confirmed the animal ready patiently for Robles to forestall forward of jaywalking across the avenue.

At around 12: 30 am I seen a mountain lion roaming the streets of Russian Hill. I followed from inner my automobile and lost visual contact draw intersection of Greenwich and Jones. Be trusty when walking by myself at night or when walking your pets. I reported the sighting to @SFPD pic.twitter.com/xlreghRSaJ— Fernando Robles (@Ing_Fehr) June 16, 2020

McDonald acknowledged the animal was maybe from a litter her Sausalito-based animal welfare neighborhood had been tracking within the Sweeney Ridge region between San Bruno and Pacifica. The younger cougar had maybe inch off by itself, in pursuit of a deer, or had maybe been despatched off by its mother good rather too shortly. It might perchance perchance well maybe enjoy headed north into San Francisco reasonably than encroaching on the established turf of completely different mountain lions farther south on the Peninsula.

“It doesn’t desire to be in San Francisco, that’s for definite,” McDonald acknowledged. “I’m pulling for the animal to get out of the rattling city.”

The animal is potentially residing off rats and mice nonetheless, McDonald cautioned, it “might perchance perchance maybe perchance get hungry and take a pet.”

McDonald acknowledged mountain lions attain other folks a favor by keeping the ecosystem wholesome, a sentiment unlikely to comfort dog and cat owners.

Salesforce Tower is no longer any reveal a mountain lion needs to be, McDonald acknowledged.

“What an alien, dystopian world to earn your self in,” the biologist acknowledged. “That animal good needs to be encourage in its possess habitat.”

San Francisco Animal Care and Put watch over spokeswoman Deb Campbell acknowledged her department was on alert for the animal, which regarded, from the photos, to be “basically younger, uninteresting and lost.”

If a person meets a mountain lion, she acknowledged, the strategy is to encourage away slowly and no longer inch. If it advances, wave your arms and create your self giant. In the unlikely match it attacks, battle encourage.

With fewer of us out and about throughout the pandemic, wild animal sightings enjoy change into more frequent in city areas, biologists declare. Mountain lion sightings in San Francisco are rare nonetheless no longer unheard of. In 2017, a male mountain lion was seen in a Diamond Heights yard, draw a playground. A reveal Fish and Wildlife game warden tranquilized it with a crawl, fitted it with a tracking collar, transported it by truck to the Peninsula and launched it.

Steve Rubenstein is a San Francisco Account workers author. Email: srubenstein@sfchronicle.com

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