Mountain lion spotted roaming through North Natomas neighborhood

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A mountain lion was spotted wandering around a North Natomas neighborhood on Sunday. 

A resident’s security camera captured video of the animal walking up to his front door.

Multiple police and animal control officers rushed to Merrivale Way near Bessemer Court, where they found the mountain lion in a backyard.

As neighbors sheltered in their homes and cars, officers tranquilized the large cat.

However, the first attempt to stop the mountain lion was unsuccessful. Instead of falling asleep, it took off, jumping over fences and running through multiple back yards.

“It could be that it just wasn’t enough,” said Chief Animal Control Officer Jace Huggins. “It could be that it bounced off of the hide because they have some pretty thick hide. So, it’s kind of hard to say.”

Officers were finally able to capture the animal and safely take it out of the neighborhood.

“They are thinking he’s actually pretty healthy,” Huggins said. “So, most likely, he will be released out into a wild area that is far more adequate for him to be.”

Animal control said the area is near some wildlife but what happened Sunday was still extremely rare. 

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