McDonald has studied the images that had been provided on a publication Twitter, a television station and a photographer and they all showed a pet frightened, which had perhaps left his mother in the north of the county of San Mateo a little too early.
“He had the air for about 15 months,” said McDonald. “In good health and young, and trying to get out of the city. Obviously confused. ”
The first images have been provided by the displays of Twitter Fernando Robles who wrote that he ” had lost visual contact near the intersection of Greenwich and Jones “. His video, taken from his car, showed the animal waiting patiently for that Robles stops before walking in the street.
Around 12: 30, I spotted a mountain lion wandering in the streets of Russian Hill. I followed the inside of my car and I lost visual contact near the intersection of Greenwich and Jones. Be careful when you walk alone at night or when you walk your pets. I reported the observation to @Secure flight passenger pic.twitter.com/xlreghRSaJ
– Fernando Robles (@Ing_Fehr) June 16, 2020
McDonald said that the animal was probably coming from a litter that his group of animal protection based in Sausalito, had followed in the region of Sweeney Ridge between San Bruno and Pacifica. The young cougar was left all alone, in pursuit of a deer, or had perhaps been sent by his mother a little too early. It may be that it is directed to the north up to San Francisco rather than encroaching on the established turf of other lions of the mountains more to the south of the peninsula.
“He does not want to be in San Francisco, that’s for sure,” said McDonald. “I shoot for the animal to leave this damn city. ”
The animal lives probably of rats and mice, but has warned McDonald’s, “he may be hungry and take a pet”.
McDonald said that the mountain lions made service to humans by keeping the ecosystem healthy, a feeling that is unlikely to comfort the owners of dogs and cats.
The tower Salesforce is not a place where a mountain lion wants to be, said McDonald.
“What a strange world and dystopian in which you find yourself,” said the biologist. “This animal just wants to be back in his own habitat. ”
The spokeswoman for San Francisco Animal Care and Control, Deb Campbell, said that his service was in a state of alert for the animal, which seemed, according to the pictures, “really young, dumb and lost.”
If a person encounters a mountain lion, she said, the strategy is to back up slowly and not to run. If he is ahead, wave your arms and make you great. In the unlikely event that he attacks in response.
With fewer people outside during the pandemic, the observations of wild animals have become more frequent in urban areas, according to biologists. Observations of mountain lions in San Francisco are rare but not unknown. In 2017, a mountain lion was spotted in a back yard of Diamond Heights, near a playground. A gamekeeper of State in charge of fisheries and wildlife has calmed down with a dart, equipped it with a necklace of follow-up, was transported by truck in the peninsula and released him.
Steve Rubenstein is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. E-mail: [email protected]