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Mountain Lion Found in Santa Cruz Backyard Safely Released Back into Wild

A mountain lion spotted in a backyard in Santa Cruz, California was captured and released away from residences. 

Over the weekend, a juvenile female mountain lion was spotted in a Santa Cruz backyard near a deer carcass. California Fish and Wildlife officers were called and the cat was effectively tranquilized and taken into the woods to be released.

There have been many mountain lion sightings in the Santa Cruz hills above Highway 1 due to a large deer population. 40 domestic pets have been reported missing, seemingly eaten by mountain lions, in the area so far this year. Officials are reminding pet owners to bring their dogs and cats indoors at night.

There have been six attacks on humans in California since 2004, with only one resulting in fatality.

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Mountain Lion Found in Santa Cruz Backyard Safely Released Back into Wild