Mountain lion trapped in Santa Cruz aqueduct

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - A young mountain lion is trapped in an aqueduct near May Avenue in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz police and members of the Puma Project at UCSC and WildRescue of Moss Landing are on scene awaiting state Fish and Wildlife officials in hopes of moving the mountain lion back to nature.

"Right now we're trying to develop a strategy to best move the mountain lion back into its habitat naturally," Deputy Chief Steve Clark said, adding that officers are continuing to monitor the situation from a public safety standpoint.

The mountain lion is in a concrete aqueduct about 15 to 20 feet tall and poses no danger to the public in its current position. It has attempted to jump out of the aqueduct unsuccessfully.

The first report of the mountain lion sighting was made to Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 at 4 a.m. That call was transferred to Fish and Wildlife. At 7 a.m. a caller reported seeing a mountain lion wandering along Water Street looking scared. A few more calls followed.

Santa Cruz County animal control officials said the mountain lion was seen at 550 Water St. before it jumped into the aqueduct.

Fish and Wildlife officials are not on scene as they are in training in South Monterey County.

This story will be updated.


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