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Old 05-07-2014, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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It always intrigues me how an adult mountain lion can walk five or ten miles from the mountains, through residential areas, and nobody notices!
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:29 PM
 
Location: San Jose
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I guess it could have followed one of the creeks (probably Stevens Creek) for most of the distance, but it was found somewhere near Rengstorff Park if I recall, which means it must have traversed at least some suburbia! Glad they were able to catch it safely without harming it.
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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They do tend to travel at night and are quite shy. Not too big a stretch to think the local creekbeds are a perfect path for them.
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:30 AM
 
Location: San Jose
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It turns out that this kitty was wearing a tracking collar, so they know exactly how he got to Mountain View. Pretty cool story:

Tracking collar showed Mountain View puma was looking for his own space - San Jose Mercury News

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"He spent a whole night walking through Los Altos and into Mountain View and found a bush from sunrise to 2 p.m. on a fairly busy street with people walking by," said Chris Wilmers, a wildlife ecologist for the Puma Project and a professor at UC Santa Cruz. "He must have just been petrified."
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Wow. amazing. And for 8 hours, nobody noticed he was in a bush.
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Old 05-08-2014, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Poor cat. He must have been terrified.
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:55 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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It's unusual for one to get that deep in towards the bay, but we have a lot of encounters with wildlife. A deer ended up in the East Oakland flats a couple years ago, miles away from the kind of hilly terrain they prefer..
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Old 05-11-2014, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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I guess it could have followed one of the creeks (probably Stevens Creek) for most of the distance, but it was found somewhere near Rengstorff Park if I recall, which means it must have traversed at least some suburbia! Glad they were able to catch it safely without harming it.
Yes - the creeks are highways for the big cats. A few years ago a puma was spotted in Palo Alto, in a built-up residential area. Because it was near a school the authorities had to shoot and kill it.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:45 PM
 
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When you step out the door, you become part of the food chain.
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Old 05-13-2014, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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When you step out the door, you become part of the food chain.

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